Dream Interpretation And The Theories Of Carl Jung

Two names associated with the art and science of dream interpretation are Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. While Freud saw the unconscious as a wild place, Jung saw it as more pure and spiritual. Carl Jung was born in 1875 and had a long and successful career until his death in 1961. Carl Jung first studied under the study of Sigmund Freud, and he learned the mind, the unconscious and the dream world during his role in the big subject. As a student. It was their different interpretations of the dream world and their different opinions about the subconscious, however, eventually leading both men to their different ways. Eventually, their differing views on the meaning of dreams caused a major breakdown in their relationship.


Jung and Archetypes:
The most common aspect of the dream interpretation associated with Carl Jung's work is the archetypal aspect. Jung believed that there was a particular universal theme and universal image common to all cultures and civilizations around the world. For Carl Jung, these universal archetypes were evidence of what he called the collective unconscious, or a memory that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Some of the most well known archetypes described by Carl Jung include:

  • The Persona – Jung described the persona as the image presented to the public by each person. In essence the persona is the public mask, the part of yourself that is shown to the world at large. The opposite of the persona is the shadow.

  • The Shadow – Whereas the persona represents the parts of the personality that are shown to the world, the shadow archetype represents each person’s rejected aspects of themselves. The shadow is often seen as a symbol of fear, anger or weakness.

  • The Anima – Jung saw the anima as the feminine aspects of the male mind. The anima is the repressed female parts of the male psyche.

  • The Animus – The animus is the opposite of the anima. Where the anima is the feminine part of the male psyche, the animus is the masculine part of the female mind. Like the anima, the animus is most often repressed during waking hours.

  • The Divine Child – The divine child was described by Carl Jung as a symbol of the true self. The divine child is often seen to represent the sense of potential or the sense of vulnerability.

  • The Wise Old Man – Jung saw the archetype of the wise old man as a symbol of the self or of a powerful figure.

  • The Great Mother – The great mother is seen as a symbol of nurture, growth, or fertility. The great mother archetype is also associated with dominance and seduction.

These appear in all arctic cultures and variations of them have occurred around the world and in many different eras. Jung saw the presence of these fanatics in dreams as highly significant and used these radical images in his interpretation of dreams.


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