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Jung on Dreams – Basic Concepts of Jungian Psychology

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Jung on Dreams

Jung said that “the dream is a little door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into the cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego consciousness ….” (Meaning of psychology for Modern Man – Collected Works vol. 10). To simplify it, let’s say dream is a door to the unconscious.

We can distinguish two types of dreams: the personal and the archetypal. We could also mention a third dream, the prophetic one. In this last group we may place some of Jung’s dreams when he forecasted the blood baths  in waiting for Europe before the First World War. But we will not deal here with these somewhat unusual prophetic dreams.

A dream may be personal, having to do exclusively with the personal life of the dreamer, or archetypal, giving rise to an interpretation that transcends the personal sphere.

Dream interpretation in Jungian psychology is a complex affair, especially when we are dealing with an archetypal one. Jung proposes that we amplify the dream looking for parallels in the world of myths and fairy-tales. A good Jungian analyst should have an extensive culture, being conversant with myths of the world, fairy-tales, religion, alchemy and literature.

As for the personal dreams, we have two options: treating them as giving an external message or an internal one. Better explaining, if you have a person you know as a character in your dream, the dream may refer to this person – external interpretation – or to the characteristics you have that this specific person may recall – internal interpretation.

It is impossible to explain dream interpretation in an article. Jung himself, and many Jungians have written books and books about this subject. 

More on Jung concepts: Jung on PsycheJung on ArchetypesJung on IndividuationJung on Psychological TypesJung on Active ImaginationJung on NeurosisJung on Psychological InflationJung on Projection

I am Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups– and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

Jung sobre Sonhos

Jung disse que “o sonho é uma pequena porta nos recessos mais íntimos e mais secretos da alma, abrindo a noite cósmica que era psique muito antes de existir qualquer consciência do ego ….” (Significado da psicologia para o homem moderno – Collected Works vol . 10). Para simplificar, vamos dizer que o sonho é uma porta para o inconsciente.

Podemos distinguir dois tipos de sonhos: o pessoal e o arquetípico. Nós também poderíamos mencionar um terceiro sonho, o profético. Neste último grupo, podemos colocar o sonho de Jung, em que ele previu o banho de sangue na  Europa antes da Primeira Guerra Mundial. Mas não vamos tratar aqui dsses sonhos proféticos, um tanto incomuns .

Um sonho pode ser pessoal, tendo a ver exclusivamente com a vida pessoal do sonhador, ou arquetípico, dando lugar a uma interpretação que transcende a esfera pessoal.

A interpretação de sonhos na psicologia junguiana é um assunto complexo, especialmente quando estamos lidando com um sonho arquetípico. Jung propõe a amplificação do sonho, procurando paralelos no mundo dos mitos e contos de fadas. Um bom analista junguiano deve ter uma cultura extensa, conhecendo mitos, contos de fadas, religião, alquimia e literatura.

Quanto aos sonhos pessoais, temos duas opções: tratando-os como uma mensagem externa ou interna. Melhor explicando, se sonha com uma pessoa que você conhece, o sonho pode se referir a esta pessoa – interpretação externa – ou com as características que você tem comuns com esta pessoa – interpretação interna.

É impossível explicar a interpretação dos sonhos em um artigo. Jung  e muitos junguianos  escreveram livros e livros sobre o assunto.

Mais sobre conceitos junguianos:: Jung sobre PsiqueArquétiposIndividuação,Tipos PsicológicosImaginação AtivaNeurosesInflação psicologicaProjeção

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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