Mark J. Blechner, PhD

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Proposals for the next century of psychoanalytic dream studies. In: Lansky, M., (ed.), The Dream After a Century: Symposium 2000 on Dreams. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 2008, pp. 29-44. Discussion, pp. 65-78.

A post-Freudian psychoanalytic model of dreaming.  Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2006, 8: 17-20.

On dreams that turn over a page (letter). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 2000, 81: 174.

The analysis and creation of dream meaning: Interpersonal, intrapsychic, and neurobiological perspectives.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1998, 34: 181-194.

The patient’s dreams and the countertransference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1995, 5:1-25. 

Changes in the dreams of borderline patients.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1983, 19: 485-498.



Approaches to panic attacks.  Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2007, 9:93-102. 

Interpersonal and affective factors in confabulation: Commentary on “Confabulation in Dementia.”  Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2007, 9:18-22.

Elusive illusions: Reality judgment and reality assignment in dreams and waking life.  Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2005, 7: 95-101.

The grammar of irrationality: What psychoanalytic dream study can tell us about the brain. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2005, 41: 203-221.

Pleasantness is relative: Commentary on “The pleasantness of false beliefs.”  Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2004, 6: 16-20.

Savant syndrome and dreams.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2003, 84:1061 (letter).

Hallucinations. In: The Freud Encyclopedia, ed. E. Erwin.  New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 251-252.

Delusions. In: The Freud Encyclopedia, ed. E. Erwin. New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 141-142.

Confabulation in dreaming, psychosis, and brain injury. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 2000, 2:23-28.



Interaction of social and neurobiological factors in depression.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2008, 44: 571-580.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with schizophrenics: Then and now. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1997, 33: 251-262.

Comments on the theory and therapy of borderline personality disorder.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1996, 32:68-73.

Schizophrenia.  In: Lionells, M. et al., eds., Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis.  Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1995, pp. 375-396.

Entitlement and narcissism: Paradise sought.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1987, 23: 244-254. 



Erotic and antierotic transference. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2009, 45: 82-92.

King Lear, King Leir, and incest wishes.  In: Shakespearean Criticism, Detroit, MI: Gale Publishing, 2002, 259-266.  Originally appeared in American Imago, 1988, 45: 309-325.

Clinical wisdom and theoretical advances: Alberta Szalita’s contributions to psychoanalysis.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2001, 37:63-76.

Projective identification, countertransference, and the “maybe-me.”  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1994, 30:619-630.

Working in the countertransference.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1992, 2:161-179. 

Reply to commentaries on “Working in the countertransference.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1992, 2: 205-213.

On wandering terminology.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1988, 36: 555-557.

Differentiating empathy from therapeutic action. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1988, 24: 301-310. 



Female sexual pleasure: Psychology Today blog post

The political is psychoanalytic: On same-sex marriage.  Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2008, 9:146-154.

Sexual facts and values.  Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2007, 8:373-380.

Love, sex, romance, and psychoanalytic goals.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2006, 16:779-791.

Disgust, desire, and fascination:  Psychoanalytic, cultural, historical, and neuroscientific perspectives.  Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2005, 6:33-45.

The gay Harry Stack Sullivan: Interactions between his life, clinical work, and theory.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2005, 41:1-19.

The hidden history of gay and lesbian psychoanalysts. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 24: 17-18.  Division 44 Newsletter, 2004, 20:7-9. 

Maleness and masculinity. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1998, 34:597-613.

The shaping of psychoanalytic theory and practice by cultural and personal biases about sexuality. Chapter in: T. Domenici and R. Lesser, eds., Disorienting Sexuality, 1995, Routledge, pp. 265-288.



The role of prejudice in psychopathology and psychoanalytic history. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2009, 45: .

Selective inattention and bigotry.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 2008, 12: 195-204.

Psychoanalysis in and out of the closet.  In: Gerson, B., ed., The Therapist as a Person: Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences and Their Effects on Treatment. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1996, pp. 223-239.

Homophobia in psychoanalytic writing and practice.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1993, 3:627-637.  Italian translation in: L’omophobia nella litteratura e nella practica psicoanalitica. In: F. Bassi & P. Galli, eds., (2000) L’Omosessualità nella psicoanalisi. Torino, Italy: Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi, 117-130.



Intimacy, pleasure, risk, and safety. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 2002, 6:27-33.

Psychoanalytic approaches to the AIDS epidemic.  In: Kaley, H., Eagle, M. & Wolitsky, D., eds., Psychoanalytic Therapy as Health Care. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1999, pp. 199-220.

On sexuality in the age of AIDS (letter). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1998, 79:1007-1008.

Psychological aspects of the AIDS epidemic: A fifteen-year perspective. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1997, 33: 89-108.

Psychoanalysis and HIV disease.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 1993, 29: 61-80. 



Left-ear advantage for sounds characterized by a rapidly varying resonance frequency.  Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 1977, 9: 363-366.

Musical skill and the categorical perception of harmonic mode.  Haskins Laboratories Status Report on Speech Research, 1977, 52: 139-174.

Right-ear advantage for musical stimuli differing in rise time.  Haskins Laboratories Status Report on Speech Research, 1976, 47: 63-69.

Blechner, M. J., Day, R. S., and Cutting, J. E.  Processing two dimensions of nonspeech stimuli: The auditory-phonetic distinction reconsidered.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 1976, 2: 257-266.