The History of Dream Theory

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The History of Dream Theory 1 DREAM THEORY Your Name Your School Your Class Your Teacher's Name The History of Dream Theory 2 Abstract Dreams are the language of a person's subconscious mind. Therefore, taking the opportunity to understand them can lead to great enrichment. This paper demonstrates the similarities and differences between Freud and Jung's idea on dream theory. It illustrates Freud's belief that analyzing dreams could give the interpreter substantial information on that person's psyche. His concept of free association and wish-fulfillment are also explored. Jung's theories are also discussed. Although Jung began as a follower of Freud, he did end up disagreeing on some of Freud's theories. Jung's…show more content…
Jung disagreed with Freud's thought that sexual urges drove the unconscious. Jung did believe, however, that understanding the unconscious was necessary to uncover psychic problems. In addition, Jung thought that Freud's free association was not narrowed down or specific enough. He thought that it might assist individuals in straying from the actual meaning of the dream and making it into something that it wasn't meant to be. With this, Jung invented a more rigid and focused approach which he called amplification. This is where one would take the symbols in the dreams and then begin to reflect on the dream as a whole (Garfield, 1981). According to Schredl(2003), Jung divided the mind into three parts. First was the collective unconscious. This is a genetically inherited level of the mind containing mental ideas, legends, religious systems and symbols. Jung believed that this does not depend on personal experiences and it was his theory that reoccurring dreams came from this area. Next is the personal unconscious. This holds forgotten associations, repressed and discarded The History of Dream Theory 8 thoughts. Finally, the conscious develops through cognition, intuition, and the senses. Unlike Freud, Jung believed that the dream could be
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