Jung Dream Interpretation
As with the work of Sigmund Freud, my University days briefly covered Jung dream interpretation, but failed to enlighten me to Jung’s magnificent mind. The man was insightful beyond the average human being. Like Freud, he was brave in the sense that he spoke about matters that could not be proven with science and never wavered from as much. Jung has the capacity to make one see in a new way, especially with regard to spirituality.
Carl Jung on Dreams
At the end of the day, psychology is a “soft science”. It cannot provide hard core evidence similar to that of ballistics or DNA testing. The best it can offer is to suggest that in such-and-such a situation, a certain percentage of people, are likely to do such-and-such. Consequently, Jung’s theories are now deemed outdated by the psychology fraternity because they cannot be tested. What the aforementioned profession fails to understand is that Jung’s theories are not about physical evidence. To be susceptible to scientific analysis would make the unconscious obsolete. That is; only matters of the conscious world are able to be tested.
In Jung’s own words:
Jung’s Theory on Dreams
A one time colleague of Freud, the pair shared the opinion that an unseen unconscious existed. However, they parted company due to a difference in belief about the purpose of the subconscious. Basically, Freud, in Jung’s opinion, was too steadfast in his theory that the subconscious was essentially a negative force where all “immoral” impulses were repressed. Jung believed more in the notion that the subconscious was a gift designed to impart wisdom; that dreams were a direct means with which to communicate with the unconscious and specific to the dreamer.
Jung postulated that every image visualised by the dreamer was a reflection of something within that person. As such, Jung, as opposed to Freud, believed that any individual had the capacity to decode their dreams as much as a trained professional. Jung considered the individual, with guidance, had the best understanding of the meaning of their dream because the symbolism presented was unique to them.
The Jungian Collective Unconscious
One of the main theories in Jung dream interpretation was that of the "collective unconscious." Jung believed this to be a collection of symbols that were shared by every human being but retained at the unconscious level. The symbols of the collective unconscious are provided to humans via the process of dreaming across generations and cultures. You can read more about the seven separate characters and themes commonly occurring in dreams here.
Myths and Dreams
Jung believed the value of myths was highly significant within the dream state in that these tales arose from the collective unconscious. You can read more about Jung's thoughts on myths
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