Carl Jung’s Most Significant Dream

8/1/2007


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Carl Jung was one of the founders of modern
psychology. He is best known for his writings
on dreams and the unconscious.

For Jung, dreams reflected the content and
processes of the unconscious, and therefore,
the study of dreams was essential to diagnosis
and treatment.

Of all the dreams examined in Jung's writings,
there is one that is widely considered to be
the most significant.

It is a dream he had early in his career; and
his interpretation of it lead to conflict with his
mentor, Sigmund Freud, and to their eventual
split.

Jung called this dream, "a kind of structural
diagram of the psyche". Briefly, Jung differ-
entiated between these three components
of the psyche -

- ego-consciousness - our normal, waking-
hours awareness

- the personal unconscious - suppressed
or forgotten material that can be brought
back to consciousness

- the collective unconscious - unconscious
material that is innate, inherited and common
to all humans; some have called it, "a reservoir
of the experiences of our species."

In Jung's dream (re-created in the video
below), he explores a house that is unfamiliar,
yet he knows it to be his own.

This house represents the psyche; and
its various rooms and floors represent the
various aspects of the psyche; from the
salon (ego-consciousness), to a lower floor
(the personal unconscious), to a still lower
Roman Cellar (the collective unconscious).






The above video is an excerpt from
a documentary of Jung's life and work,
The Wisdom of The Dream.


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