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Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams is psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's emotional/personal life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the dreamer's emotional energies.
  • 1. Dreams are about the emotions, emotional energies of the person who is dreaming. They offer advice and a deeper understanding of our waking life as well as the foundations for the emotional energies of the dreamer.

  • 2. The language of dreams is symbolic, but also with literal applications {literal waking experinces}. The symbolic images and actions are metaphors for the patterns or motifs for the dreamer's emotional/psychological/physical life. Every character in a dream is a different aspect of an unacknowledged aspect of the dreamer and/or a prevalent situation in the person's life involving actual persons/experiences {dreams will address both aspects}.

  • 3. The purpose and function of dreams is to guide the conscious self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems in waking life. Solutions to problems and conflicts from everyday life, as well as the deeper underlying issues, 'emotional injuries' that stem from the foundations of the dreamer {early life experiences and trama experiences in life}.
    ---Dreams reveal vital information that expose the authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from the conscious mind.
    ---Dreams compensate for conscious attitudes and personality traits that are out of balance.

  • 4. Dreams are intentional. Nature provides us with dreams to understand and help heal emotional conflicts/issues. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, the psych{ology} has the dream.

  • 5. Dreams possess 'Archteypal' representations. Archetypes are universal, original patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct. An archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs-representations of the symbolic images/actions without losing their basic emotional pattern. Dreams and mythology share the same archetypal images, myths as illustrations of the universal patterns and dreams as illustrations of personal patterns.

  • 6. All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. One is the symbolic representation metaphorical of the emotional energies and the second being a literal application where a person, place or experience is addressing a real life experience. More about this in the Basics of Dream Analysis section

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    Jung's Theory of Dreaming

    G. William Domhoff

    Carl Jung lived from 1875-1961. He saw dreams as having the structure of a story or play. He saw many parallels between dreams and myths, and said they sometimes used the same symbols to express their themes. Different kinds of dreams came from different levels of the "psyche," which is Jung's term for the whole personality.

    The psyche has the following structure:




    Ego Levelmeaning the "I" or our sense of a self identity.
    Personal Unconsciousexperiences once conscious now either forgotten or repressed; we could call this the "Freudian level." It contains "complexes," our hang-ups. They are especially powerful and difficult when they attach to the Archetypes in the collective unconscious, discussed below. "Little" dreams come from this level if we don't have too many pressing complexes; these little dreams are then continuous with waking thoughts;
    Collective UnconsciousThis is the deepest level of the psyche; it consists of hundreds of archetypes, in-born predispositions to think or act in certain ways. Archetypes are image patterns with energy charges built into them; archetypes need to be expressed and integrated with each other; archetypes are expressed in dreams, myths, mystical practices, beliefs about aliens and flying saucers. The collective unconscious is the product of the repeated experiences of the human species.

    The dreams about our complexes and our archetypes have a compensatory function; they are telling us which parts of the psyche are out of balance; they are an expression of our need to fully develop ("individuate"/"differentiate") all aspects of the psyche and also to "integrate" (harmonize, synthesize; called the "transcendent function") all aspects of the psyche.

    The many parts of the personality can work in opposition to each other, or some can compensate for others, or they can become part of a synthesis, which is more usual in the second half of adult life. Dreams help sort all this out, but the specifics of the personality dynamics are not necessary for this course.

    Among the hundreds of archetypes, five are usually emphasized:

  • The persona: the archetype that allows us to take on different roles in life (the "mask")

  • Anima: the feminist aspect in men (I think it just means passive and accepting)

  • Animus: the masculine aspect in men (I think it means assertive)

  • Shadow: the instinctive aspect...the "animal spirits"

  • Self: the integrative function within us...that which tries to bring wholeness and harmony


  • Dreams that come from the collective unconscious and express archetypes are "big dreams." In addition to "big" and "little" dreams, Jung also thought there were other kinds of dreams:
  • Traumatic dreams, now called PTSD dreams;

  • "Prospective" dreams, meaning dreams that are "anticipatory" of needed changes (this category is difficult to distinguish from compensatory dreams);

  • Extrasensory dreams, based on telepathy;

  • Prophetic dreams, based on pre-cognition (Jung said these were very rare).


  • How do we recognize big dreams?
  • Mythical parallels in the content (see below for examples). Put another way, they are expressed through symbolism that is widely shared historically and cross-culturally.

  • More emotional

  • Less rational (i.e., irrational, bizarre things happen)

  • Less like everyday life (not in the sense of bizarre, but more like far from the usual routines)


  • Examples of how some of the archetypes appear in big dreams:
  • The anima and animus often appear as strangers of the gender opposite of the dreamer or as people mysteriously dressed, or as unusual groups of males or females.

  • The shadow, which is not inherently "bad" or "dangerous," but becomes so when denied expression, can appear as one or another animal, including dangerous animals if it is denied.

  • The self archetype appears as a "mandala," a symbol of wholeness, a magic circle, often with an intricate and interesting internal design.


  • Methods Jung gave us that any theorist can use:
  • Active imagination: focus on an image in your mind and see how it evolves (used in hypnosis).

  • Ampflication: after each "free association" return to the original element being considered.

  • Dream series: study many dreams from a person for patterns and changes.
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