Dream Theories - Carl Jung
Carl Jung believed that dream contents present us with revelations that uncover and help to resolve emotional issues, problems, religious issues and fears. Recurring dreams are proof that the dreamer dont cure his problems, and that why the dreamer has nightmares (dreams that demand attention). dreams can help us grow and heal by interpretating symbols which are mental images from the collective unconscious which help us to recognize and integrate the parts of ourselves that we have disowned or are apprehensive about.
Carl Jung was actually a friend and student of Freud. They differ distinctly in their opinions. Jung declared that dreams are, undisguised manifestations of unconscious creative activity (Robbins 18). This varies from Freud in two aspects. First, Freud believed dreams were defensive, not creativity letting loose. Also, Freud considered dreams were extremely distorted unlike Jung (Robbins 18).
Jung said that one of the most important jobs of a dream is to show ideas that the person has not dealt with or attended. It is intended to bring balance to the person's life, which he called compensation (Robbins 18). Also, he believed that a dream shows exactly what it means. Anything interpreted not on the manifest content is wrong. Dreams are “nothing other than what they pretend to be (Robbins 18).
One interesting aspect of Jung's view is something called collective unconscious. He believed that there is a collective unconscious that comes from one's ancestors. It is shared by all of human kind with even images and symbols. Jung named “the contents of the collective unconscious” archetypes. He said archetypes are among the inalienable assets of every psyche” (Koch-sheras and Lemely 54).
Therefore Jung and Freud differ distinctly in their theories. Jung said, A dream that is not understood remains a mere occurrence; understood it becomes a living experience” (Mattoon 1). I believe that a person should analyze his/her dreams with what is logical. What makes the most sense is what people are going to turn to in order to understand dreams and what the dreams are trying to say. Yet, there are times where one must go with Paul Robbins when he exclaims, “There are dreams that defy every effort at interpretation. Often the only possible thing is to hazard a guess” (Robbins 19).
Koch-Sheras, Phyllis R., Amy Lemley. The Dream Sourcebook. Los Angeles: Lowell House, 1995.
Matton, Mary Ann. Applied Dream Analysis: A Jungian Approach. Washington DC: V. H. Winston & Sons, 1978. 1.
Robbins, Paul R., The Psychology of Dreams. North Carolina: McFarland, 1988.
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