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Re: Animus Dream

About a year ago, I was planning my move across country, so it makes sense that it would be about the court case and the LLC probably a combination of both. I also had no intention of doing what I am actually doing now, so I think the being of unconscious about that could be attributed to that. In the beginning of the dream my boyfriend was continuously saving me, almost as to say I had no direction myself and that I was in the other guys car mixed up, and he was taking me to police aka authority (working for someone else.) I could also see throwing the wallet out of the window as a few financial struggles that occurred as a result of taking matters into my own hands (having him stop the car.)

I had a very confusing relationship with my father growing up as he was physically abusive but also very protective and like he did care, which could be why I was almost kissing the other guy who actually later would try to control what I was doing, i.e. driving me to go file a police report. I think it might be showing how having that growing up contributed to me being in that situation. because it was kind of similar like I was confused about my employer, like when it was happening. I really thought we were friends, but he ended up taking advantage of the situation. Another situation where I was wondering like okay he is an *******, but he still cares maybe? I was confused about his intentions as I often am when I look back at my childhood. Like he loved me but then again why did he do x, y, z.

Like i blew off my boyfriend in the dream because I was just like ya this guy is a joke. I do tend to assume the best in people or did. but I still even have problems trusting people because I think i really am confused like I can't differentiate between if someone is being nice and cares or has alternative motives. I actually even feel like that with my boyfriend which is interesting.. I really do not know where the line is of someone caring or not. It's really hard for me to tell. but in the dream i seem to realize that my animus cares and I can trust him.

Maybe also I don't like his mom because I was always kind of mad at my own for staying with him. She had a restraining order against him at one point. and he's not my birth father but she chose to get back with him and then proceeded to have multiple kids and they are still together. He's still an ******* but he doesn't hit them anymore, that I know of.

but then it's interesting in the dream he has to forgive me. He is mad I am not trusting him. so maybe i've projected this onto myself as well?

and I guess like after I moved out and have been away from that situation long enough, I can see that it's much more toxic than I originally had thought it was. Even when I was just living there and he was like not physically abusive, he was always and still is verbally and psychologically abusive. I guess I kinda had stockholms syndrome a little bit.

I think it might be showing me I can separate my own animus from not trusting other men and trust my own. and the guy didn't actually file the police report, he was on the way there. So I was probably about to be in another psychologically abusive situation with my boss. Kind of was for a minute (being in the car). and I did think he was my friend too. but I woke up thinking what a jerk he was.

But i don't consider myself any religion. I was raised catholic LOL. I work with intention, as i think most people do, but I think they don't realize. to me all religions are basically the same. I don't really have anyone influencing me at this time. Since I moved out of my home state, I work from home, I don't have any friends here. I don't really do much other than work. My boyfriend is really the only person I talk to. and honestly I go back and forth in that relationship between being like emotionally invested and then being like hm, i wonder if he actually cares or is pretending for some ulterior motive. Like we were doing really well for a couple of months and i'm thinking, oh ya we're forsure gonna end up together, but he kind of ****** me off yesterday so now I'm back at maybe I should just break up with him and move on LOL. but i don't tell him I feel like that because I was just telling him the other day I was emotionally invested and what not. So yes, I'm definitely more conscious of it. but I think it's still affecting me.

Thank you jerry for your help!
I studied jungian psychology & dream interpretation on my own for a few years, so I was getting a lot of the same associations as you, but I was really having trouble applying them, especially to my earlier years. I feel that this is fitting now. Thanks so much!

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Re: Animus Dream

Thanks for the response. It allows me to delve further into the dream {having the additional personal info you provided}. What makes Jungian psychology so valuable is when personal info is known a trained analysis can interpret a dream to its full extent. Instead of months if not years of trying to rummage through the unconscious there is direct access to such info in dreams. Every dream offers new info but each dream also provides an outline of the emotional energies and when the personal info is added the two blend and the true story emerges.

Reading your response I can see that the boss you reference taking advantage is also your father and his influence in forming who you are in the present {he is the boss of your early life}. It is strange how dreams will use the same images to address past {childhood} and present emotional issues but they do, in every dream. It demonstrates the influence of early life experiences in later life. You identify this with your statement, "Another situation where I was wondering like okay he is an *******, but he still cares maybe?" On one hand your father as well as your boss were your friends but both took advantage.

As for your boyfriend. As I stated in my analysis I don't see that relationship as a focus of this dream {others may do so since there are issues with masculine aspects} but the dream bf being a metaphor for masculine issues. In the beginning, a reference not only to the dream but also to your early life, it is supposed to be the positive {friend part of bf} that saves you. But that is countered with the statement you had no direction yourself {lacking the fully positive relationship you should have received from your father}. The police is symbolic of structure, rules, power, authority and control and the other guy is the masculine psyche showing what is missing. In longer dreams the opening statement usually provides an outline of what the dream is about but because your posted dream is short {you seem to remember more in your response} that is presented in the opening, "I was dating this guy" with the dating being a metaphor for a need for self-discovery and self-awareness of masculine aspects/issues. The wallet fits with the financial struggles but also with a secondary symbolic reference to learned personal values from early life. Those values {referencing the masculine/father} go with you throughout life, they are ingrained within the psyche.

You can look to early life experiences as the confusing aspect of, on one hand tending to assume the best in people but also having problems trusting people. The positive aspect of seeing the best in people {trust} is a natural aspect but because your relationship with your father as well as with the re-enforced experience with the employer the 'did' is now an established energy. This is laying into male relationships and in particular your current relationship with your real bf, "I really do not know where the line is of someone caring or not." There are foundations to all emotions and when you look to early life you find where they come from. You can trust the inner animus because it is your true self.

Then there is your mother. Not much is said in the dream about that relationship but if your look at the actual experiences and compare them to the dream you will probably be able to fit the pieces. What I provided in my analysis was an outline and it with little else said in the dream there is little more that I can offer. There is some 'animus' {hostility} toward your mother and the part in the dream about 'talking with his mother' likely is referencing inner dialog with your negative {father/boss} masculine aspects. If there are actual conversations with your bf's mother then the 'kiss ass' reference probably applies there also. Babies, other than real life references, are symbolic of vulnerabilities and that is a primary focus of your dream.

Your Jungian education shows in your statement, "He is mad I am not trusting him. so maybe i've projected this onto myself as well?" He is your masculine self {it is a given that everyone in a dream is an aspect of the dreamer} and trust is an issue and you are mad at yourself {repressing your negative emotions or/and project your anger onto others}. Dreams have literal applications {real life waking experiences} but the symbolic/metaphorical applications are addressing the inner life, the emotional energies which are at the core of who you are.

Your confusing relationship with your current bf. Look at what we have discussed in the relationship with your father and the foundations of who you are to get to your reactions in that relationship {with bf}. There seems to be issues of trust and it is fairly evident where that comes from {father}. Working through those issues will help with future relationships. Left unresolved they could manifest into worse situations. The primary reason for why we dream is better understand the emotional energies that govern our lives. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, so too the psych{olgy} has the dream.

I am always surprised at what can extracted from a single dream. And I do believe every dream offers an outline of the controlling emotional energies. A 'traditional' psychologist can take hours in getting to the issues whereas Jungians {I consider myself an intuitive Jungian} are able to look to dreams for a lot faster resource. Dreams are like a puzzle with the pieces representations of the differentiating and varying aspects of the psyche. Identify each piece and put into place and you gain a true picture of what it is. It requires a bit of Sherlock Holmes but not a degree in psychology. A lot is very much common sense in many ways {as in foundations always being what support the whole matter whether material or psychological}. An intuitive mind helps. Fascinating always.


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Re: Animus Dream

Super fascinating!! Thanks so much for your help. I surely would not have extracted that much information on my own. I will def be back soon :)

Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 24, F, Denver

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