Intergenerational dreaming: Response to Gerald and Sperber

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The author appreciates the unique perspectives of both Gerald and Sperber and how they enhance our understanding of the interweaving of exterior and interior space. Sperber discusses how buildings allow us access to a wide range of feelings, including affects dissociated by trauma. Gerald accepts the author's invitation to "daydream" and wonders if the author experienced an integration of various parts of herself as a result of this experience. This led the author to become emotionally aware, in a way she had not been before, of her intergenerational history, especially the anguish of her mother and grandmother regarding the traumatic events of the Holocaust. The experience at the Jewish Museum offered healing, not just for her but in an intergenerational sense as well. The author also realized that by considering the experience as a dream, she could extend the healing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalPsychoanalytic Perspectives
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Architecture
  • Daydreaming
  • Dreaming
  • Healing
  • Holocaust
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Jewish Museum
  • Transitional space


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