Written by S. J. Soter, MD, PhD

I have written this paper in order to explore a particular kind of occurrence that I have encountered while practicing psychoanalysis.  I was not sure how to label this experience.  Initially, I intended to call it "sleep reaction", but that fails to capture its essence. A dream state or a meditative state is closer, but is still inadequate.  The phenomenon that I am presenting consists of a change of consciousness in the analyst, which on the surface appears like a sleep state and then a subsequent production of images, and at times feeling states which facilitate an unconscious form of communication between analyst and analysand.  Consequently I employed the descriptive term, "Imaginal Communicative State". 

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