Carl Jung’s Views on Dream Interpretation

While Freud poked at the little pieces that made up the dream, Jung was more interested in putting elements together

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One way of viewing dream interpretation is through Carl Jung’s eyes. Carl Jung was born in Switzerland in 1875.

He dabbled with archeology before deciding to earn a medical degree. He later on zeroed in on psychiatry as a practice. He had worked together with Sigmund Freud.

They were on opposite ends when it came to dream analysis. While Freud poked at the little pieces that made up the dream, Jung was more interested in putting elements together.

Jungian archetypes

Jung worked with archetypes. These were personas that represented something more than themselves.

For example, if you had dreamed about your grandmother, you were dreaming of the Great Mother archetype.

The Great Mother, when viewed positively, is all about nurture. In a negative way, the Great Mother represents death, dominance and seduction.

Other archetypes are the self, the shadow, the trickster, the wise person, the anima and the divine child.

The unconscious

Jung believed that there are two types of unconscious: the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.

The personal unconscious consists of everything that you have experienced but are hidden in our subconscious state. Some of the things that you thought you have forgotten are just stuck somewhere in your mind. Sometimes, they still star in your dream scenarios.

On the other hand, the collective unconscious refers to the dream elements that do not really belong to you but to the whole human race.

These are repetitive elements that are passed on genetically. You do not have to experience it personally in real life for this type of dream to come and visit you.

Carl Jung thought that his views of dream interpretation was far-reaching than that of his contemporary Sigmund Freud.

He believed that there is more to inner desires when it comes to the true meaning of dreams.

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