Jungian Theory Of Dreams

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I. Introduction
No one in the world have no dream at all throughout their life, even babies or blind people can dream. People might have pleasant dreams or nightmares sometimes in their lives. And because dreams actually do “affect daytime mood in positive or negative way” (Schredl, 2009, p56), people try to interprete dreams to understand the meaning hidden in each dream. From ancient until modern, there are enormous ways people make up to interprete dreams bases on their experiences, believes or sometimes their religions and cultures. For instant, it is believed that dreaming about snake is to tell you that someone is trying to deceive you. Since dream is known as a predictor which tells us about our future, people have an inner urge for
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Other theories of Dream interpretation
After Freud and Jung, Alfred Adler also provided a new theory of dream interpretation but did not propose a clear-cut guideline to therapy. Many modern psychologists join the crowd with their own theories or revised Freud and Jung’s. More recent research results are against Freud that there is no such thing called latent dream and only manifest dream is enough for psychotherapists to interpret dream. Modern psychologists mostly maintain Jungian theory and “provide more explicit guideline” (Hill & Knox, 2010) to bring dream interpretation to therapy as a close
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Because dream is “the royal road to the unconsciousness” (Freud, 1900), it brings up pieces of memories and impulses, which even the patients are not aware of. It provides patients with more understanding about themselves so that they are more willing to participate in therapeutic processes. They experience a sense of discovering a new thing, some aspects of their existence they never know before. This method also helps psychotherapists understand more about their patients and build a trustful relationship between patients and therapist (Pesant & Zadra, 2004). Regarding of clinical use, Crits-Christoph, Barber, Miller and Beebe (1993), as cited in Pesant and Zadra’s article (2004), claim that dream interpretation contributes an important part in the success of therapy. It does not directly solve problems of the patients but acts as a guide to get closer to the main issue. Trauma victims, social disorder and eating disorder patients report that negative emotion and social interaction appear in their dreams is less threatening than what they experience in waking life. Thus, they are more willing to discuss about their issues, concerns or conflicts they normally do not want to mention. In addition, dream reflects therapeutic process in term of its effectiveness or difficulties faced during sessions. Warner (1983) and Weiss (1986), as cited in Pesant and Zadra (2004),

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