Anna Serebryanaya

Divided Space: Analysis of Immigrant's Sleeping Dreams

We are amid a worldwide disruption of the socio-political order as nationalist and populist currents fuel our divisions, causing people to flee and opening the door to the trauma of immigration. Immigrants and refugees have to experience radical extremity changes in their lives that affect all aspects of their personality, including the content of the personal unconscious.

Our study aims to show how the psyche reacts to the trauma of immigration associated with separation, social and cultural isolation, depersonalization, and the loss of belonging in the context of dreaming. Are there any specific patterns in the dreams of nomads? And is it possible to use such dreaming experience as a hint, a way to integrate new countries of your soul on the way to the Self?

According to the results of our joint research project, we want to discuss that through dreams, the unconscious helps us comprehend and survive this problematic experience of isolation from the place. It provides an emotional experience that helps to cope with the trauma caused by it in the safe sleep space.


In 2013, Anna completed a master's program in clinical psychology at the Moscow Pedagogical Psychological State University. Her thesis is studying and diagnosing anxiety in children with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In 2014, Anna graduated Analytical Psychology program at the Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology. For 4 years, she has been working in educational psychology and, since 2014, has had a private clinical practice. In 2018 Anna moved to Israel and graduated from the MASA Tlalim "Group facilitation" program in Jerusalem. From 2019 working on original training, dream analysis groups, and courses. In 2021, she presented the topic "Dreams in emigration: the search for space" at an international online conference, «Migratory birds,» on the psychology of emigration'.

Recent Publications

  • Lukinmaa, Pauliina, and Aleksander V. Berezkin. 2020. "Migrating Russian - Speaking LGBTIQ+ Activists: On Displacement, Sense of Belonging and Transnational Activism." Pp. 263-290 in Queer-Feminist Solidarity and the East/West Divide, Katharina Wiedlack, Saltanat Shoshanova, Masha Godovannaya (Eds.). Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2020. (Peer Reviewed). Doi:


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