Year: 1984 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.14, no.3, (Fall 1984), p.201-211 SIEC No: 19842671

The author presents several dreams reported by psychsomatic patients which contain an overt or disguised act of suicide. In the latter instances various transformations of the act of suicide had been brought about by the defensive functions of the dreaming ego. Paradoxically, in several of these instances it was the very efforts of the dreaming ego to defend itself which allowed the suicidal impulse to reach its consummation.