INCORPORATING TRANS-CULTURAL SOCIAL DREAMING PRACTICES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND CLINICAL SUPERVISION: An experiential presentation.
Social Dreaming (SD) benefits work settings and groups looking to increase their creativity and collaboration. SD has a dual nature, one systemic and the other analytic. Systemically, the individual appears in the fabric of his or her social context. Analytically, attention to the first thoughts and images that arise during dream sharing allows the observation of unconscious processes in a social system. Dreams, as spontaneous creations, indicate underlying thoughts relating to their origins and their evolution into the future. In this way free association is put into play for the benefit of the group. Because social dreaming disregards the intra-psychic, it has ideal implications for examining interpersonal/relational, intersubjective and larger systems dynamics.
SD was crafted by Gordon Lawrence, who described it has having “a short history but a long past." The long past refers to social dreaming practices that have existed since the beginning of time in multiple indigenous communities across the planet. Its story begins with applications in search of the underlying intersubjective dynamics among individuals, groups and larger systems.
SD’s importance for Latin America is in harnessing culturally congruent creativity by a highlighting its socio-centric characteristics threatened by Northern European egocentric materialism characteristic of nascent modernity, which overestimates the value of individualism. SD introduces a methodology that increases creative social forces by suspending personal systems of repression born of archaic cultural values. Putting aside over-dependence in outside authorities, including classically Eurocentric psychoanalytic methods of dream interpretation, gives us access to the universal function of dreams and their inherent wisdom.
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