The Theory Of Dreams By Carl Jung Essay

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Most famously, Freud is accredited with his work published in 1900 The Interpretation of Dreams on dream analysis. Next, there was Carl Jung, who proposed another perspective giving people insight to the meaning of dreams. After years of research, psychologists have made significant progress in understanding why people dream, its function, and to some extent a more valid theory of what dreams mean. Freud “proposed that dreams provide a psychic safety valve that discharges otherwise unacceptable feelings. He viewed a dream’s manifest content (the apparent and remembered storyline) as a censored, symbolic version of its latent content, the unconscious drives and wishes that would be threatening if expressed directly” (Myers, 2015, pg.113). Jungian dream analysis valued symbols in regards to their archetype. According to Jung, the archetype represents what is unfulfilled in your life. As time progressed, so did perspectives on dream meaning leading to the neuroscience perspective of dream meanings and the activation synthesis theory proposed by psychiatrist J. Allen Hobson (Feldman, 2013). Freud or Jung’s method of interpretation of dreams raises my suspicion to their accuracy and reliability. Freud’s perspective offers a radical answer to the meaning of all dreams before even knowing what the dream was. Jung’s perspective involving amplification and archetype symbols in dreams seems to be subjective to whoever interprets the dream. Personally, the activation-synthesis theory…

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