Freud v. Jung

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Carl Jung was once Freud's most devoted disciple. Their falling out stems from fundamental disagreements over the nature of the self. In the realm of dream study, this means that Jung rejects the idea that the dream is a coded message, hiding an unacceptable wish from the dreamer's conscious mind. Rather, Jung asserts, the dream provides a helpful message to the self, often serving to balance the conscious and unconscious minds.

 

Podcast Lecture: The Somniloquy

 

Readings:

Jung. "Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams."

 

Questions:

1. What does Jung think about free association, as it is practiced in the Freudian method of dream interpretation?

2. How does Jung define the unconscious?

3. How does Jung explain dreams of future events?

4. What is Jung's interpretation of his "dream of the house" (section 3) and how does it differ from Freud's?

 

Activities:

1. The Oprah Dream Redux: Reread the sample dream here. How would Jung approach this dream? What might a Jungian interpretation say about the meaning of this dream? How would this differ from what a Freudian interpretation would say?

2. Documentary: "The Power of Dream: Sacred Sleep" is part of a Discovery Channel documentary on dreams, produced in 1997. It's very good, but very hard to come by. If you can get a copy, I recommend the segment on Native American dream practices (the Sweat) and their links to Jungian dream theory.