The ideas of Carl Jung remain as fresh and innovative today as when he penned them at the beginning of the 20th century. He posited that the soul has its own innate drive and trajectory. Dreams carry meaning that transcends our narrow conscious understanding and forms a living link that connects all the humans that have lived before us. Dreams also guide us toward a vital future. Wholeness, not perfection, is the goal of psychotherapy and life.
Wouldn't you want to learn from a man who articulated these ideas over 100 years ago?
Carl Jung, M.D. (1875 - 1961), was a renowned psychiatrist who lived at the turn of the twentieth century, a time when the tenets of modern psychology were being formulated. He was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, M.D. (1856 - 1939), with whom he was invited to lecture at Clark University in America regarding his theories of the structure and function of the psyche, human development, and the treatment of mental disorders.
Goes beyond wish fulfillment to include all other concerns, questions and aspirations.
There are no fixed symbols in the personal unconscious.
The "manifest facade" is the dream. No disguise is intended.
Imagery as archaic figurative mode of thought.
Day residue opens up an area not attended to while awake. Emphasis is on the present predicament of the dreamer.
- Carl Jung
The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man (1933)
1. State the dream text in terms of structure; examine for completeness.
2. Establish the dream context, the situational material in which the dream is embedded. The context is composed of:
Information from the dreamers environment, and/ or
3. Review the appropriate attitudes to bring to dream interpretation:
4. Characterize the dream images as objective or subjective.
5. Consider the dream’s compensatory function.
6. Hypothesize an interpretation by translating the dream language in relation to the relevant conscious situation of the dreamer, test it against the dream facts, modify where necessary, and state the interpretation brieﬂy.
7. Verify the interpretation with the patient’s ”inner tuning fork” and/or ”resonance” wit the interpretation feeling ”right.”
The variations occur primarily in the part of the procedure that is emphasized. For example, one analyst will rely more on an intuitive impression of the dream’s meaning; another, on gathering detailed amplifications. Always, however, the conditions of the immediate therapeutic situation determine the completeness of the procedure and of each interpretation.