Why We Dream

908 WordsFeb 26, 20184 Pages
There are many interpretations on the meaning of why we dream. The reasons behind them, if they foreshadow the future, teach valuable life lessons, or if they mean anything at all. Jung’s theory of dreams describes a theory of life lessons (Jungian Dream Interpretation 2013). Dreams expose things you do not know about yourself, connections with others, and problems in your everyday life (Jungian Dream Interpretation 2013). They help see the potential within, and give insight on how to solve problems in everyday life through the unconscious mind. According to Jung’s theory, there are two tiers of the unconscious state of mind. The personal unconscious are the aspects of ourselves we hold back, and the collective unconscious are the universal symbols and morals (Jungian Dream Interpretation). The Carl Jung theory of dreams followed in the footsteps of Sigmund Freud (Bennet 1966). Sigmund Freund’s dream theory stated all emotions were once originated through the unconscious mind, and have to be expressed in some way, and if not through real life actions, then through dreaming (Bennet 1996). According to Carl Jung, dreams are a natural phenomena, an effective way of tapping the spirits of the unconscious mind (Dotson 1996). We’re able to learn lessons and gain self knowledge through dream interpretation. Dreams teach us a lesson about ourselves, and express the natural emotions that we hold back consciously, and express them unconsciously through dreaming (Dotson 1996).

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