Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Collective Unconcious

Jung believed that we all contribute to the collective unconcious. Here are some quotes from Carl Jung:

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Carl Jung
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections", 1962
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
Carl Jung, "Modern Man in Search of a Soul"
(www.quoteland.com)

Jung used the following method to interpret dreams:

In order to interpret a dream, Jung used the process of amplification. In essence, amplification involves elaborating on a dream image in order to determine its significance through direct and indirect association. This is achieved by gaining an insight into the dreamer's:

(1) personal associations with the image (direct association). In order to discover the feelings evoked by a particular dream image or symbol. The meaning and significance of a particular word or image can vary greatly between individuals depending on the effect it has had on his/her life.
(2) The cultural significance of the image,
(3) as well as drawing parallels from the symbolism contained in folklore, history, fairytales, religion, mythology, rituals etc (archetypes).
(http://www.kevinwilson.info/dream/jung.php)

So here is the big question. Have you ever had a weird dream that you are willing to share (change the names to protect the innocent)? Write a summary of it and consult this online dream interpretation site to see if you can then interpret your dream. Come on... it will be fun!

15 comments:

eds3 said...

I had this dream a couple nights ago and I am pretty sure that it was mostly inspired from a game I had been playing. I do not remember much, but I was a vampire trying to find a cure. I came across the only cure in the world and it was this scary black padded helmet with enormous sharp spikes that went in your ears. The worst part was that the spikes had to make contact with your brain in order to work. When i put the helmet on I woke up.

MaryEvelynP3 said...

Last week I had probably the worst dream I can remember. It was absolutely terrible. My mother actually died in it. The interpretation about death says "To dream about the death of a loved one, suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies." So I thought about it and I remember that all the my mother's best qualities, particularly her caring nature, were amplified and highlighted in the dream. So with the interpretation I have gathered that maybe I am lacking that caring nature in a relationship.

Ianr3 said...

Two nights ago I had a (probably typical) senior-type dream. I dreamt that I went to college, except for that it was this random, extremely small and strange school. I didn't know what it was called, but I seemed to be enjoying myself. Hopefully this is a sign that I will find that right college. The reason for it was probably my stressing out about it though. The dream interpretation said:
College

To dream that you are in college, indicates that you are going through some social or cultural changes. You may be wanting to expand your knowledge and awareness. It also suggest that now is a good time for you to experiment and try new things. If you had gone to college in your past, then also consider your personal experiences and memories of your college days. However, if you are currently in college, then it may be a reflection of your current surroundings. It may also represent stress.

GenaC3 said...

I had a recurring dream when I was younger about intruders in my old house. In my dream, my friend St. Clair was coming over, and I was waiting for her to come up the driveway. Instead of Sainty, three men dressed in black swarmed into my driveway and up toward my house. My mother wouldn't believe that people were coming after us, and the doors wouldn't lock. The Intruder is supposed to represent my avoiding my problems and feeling trapped or overwhelmed.

JohnMM1 said...

well my most well known dream is an "Epic" one. To this day I can remember every detail of this dream because it was so bizarre and so different I could never forget it....
I had the dream when I was about 6-7 years old. Anyways here it goes...one day I was playing in my backyard and the next thing I know a family of american indians appears. They had a son about my age and they wanted to kill me and my family. I some how persuaded them not to and became friends with them...2 days go by in dream time...I was in the backyard playing with the little indian boy and he told me there would be a hug tribal battle in my backyard because the rest of the tribe wanted to kill us and the first family wanted to protect us. The rest of the dream was about the indian boy teaching me to be a warrior like him. During one of the training sessions the tribe appeared in the woods behind my house and began to charge to attack my house. LUCKILY I woke up just then!
according to the dream website I need to get a grip on my life and start to gain control of my destiny. The indians also stand for the human primitive beginnings and bring us back one with nature...that dream was weird

AllenK5 said...

One time I dreamed that this friend of mine (he's in my class) was running through the halls of the school inappropriately clothed. Everybody has these types of dreams, but this one was about this dude because he CONSTANTLY talks about how he wants to do that for some reason. I guess it just kind of stuck in my head... (kind of strange). I think you do kind of dream what's either told to you a lot, what you've been doing, or whatever Jung said. Jung's a smart dude, probably much smarter than me. And person I won't name but you know who you are PLEASE quit talking about how you want to run through the school like an idiot because it's beginning to leave a scarring mental image. Kinda miz...

jessanneh3 said...

I tend to have dreams depending upon what I have thought about before going to bed. For example, last night I had a horrible night and I ended up crying before going to bed and then randomly talking to my ex-boyfriend. He made me feel better but my dream was about the loss of someone that I dearly cared about but the feelings were not mutual. I dont remember the details of the dream but I remember being upset. I am almost positive I had a dream like that because it was almost the day replaying in my mind. Going to bed upset made my dream be sad. In the dream interpretation, to dream sad signifies a turn of events and it is generally a good dream that foretells good things are about to happen. I hope thats true! That was confusing, but I tried to explain that as best as I could.

carolw7 said...

I usually have very strange dreams, but they are pretty varied. However, one of the recurring themes, in about a third of my dreams, is that I have the ability to fly, but I can't fly very well. So I looked it up on the site and it said:
Having difficulties staying in flight indicates a lack of power in controlling your own circumstances. You may be struggling to stay aloft and stay on course. Things like power lines, trees, or mountains may further obstruct your flight. These barriers represent a particular obstacle or person who is standing in your way in your waking life. You need to identify who or what is hindering you from moving forward.

GingerC1 said...

I had a dream the other week that I was falling. I had fallen off a cliff in Arizona when we were on vacation. We had climbed up all the way to the top, and I wanted to look over the edge. My parents told me to be careful, but I just rolled my eyes. Then all the sudden I got off balance and fell of the cliff. I keept on falling and then suddenly I caught my self. The dream interpreter says:
According to biblical interpretations, dreams about falling have a negative overtone and suggest that man is acting and walking according to his own way of thinking and not those of the Lord.
I really think this is true because it is hard for me to just let God worry about it. This thing is so cool!

MeredithA3 said...

A few years ago, I had a horrible dream. I dreamt that my grandfather was going to be killed if he didn't retire. When my family went to go say good-bye to him, I was with my friend and she wouldn't let me go say good-bye to him. By the time I got there, he was already dead and I didn't get to say good-bye. I woke up crying so hard that I had to call him to see if he was okay. Of course, he was fine, but I realized how much I love my grandfather. Although, the lives here, I didn't really see him all that much. Today, when I get the change, I go visit my grandparents. This dream has definitely taught me to appreciate what I have and to not take my family for granted.

gordonw7 said...

I can't remember any of my recent dreams, but I know that a few months ago I had a lot of dreams where I was running away from a tornado. The dream site said that I was feeling overwhelmed at the time and stressed out. I don't remember if I was, but it was probably around sememster exams last may so it could be true.

MaryaliceL1 said...

I always have a reoccuring dream that an elephant is about to step on my face and then i wake up right before it happens. The dream interpreter said that it has to do with abandonment....
"Abandonment
To dream that you are abandoned, suggests that it is time to leave behind past feelings and characteristics that are hindering your own growth. Let go of your old attitudes. A more direct and literal interpretation of this dream is that you have a fear of being deserted, abandoned, or even betrayed. Do you feel that people are neglecting your feelings? "

RitaCecilW3 said...

I think it was 2 nights ago, I had a dream that I was on this Dead end road. I was in the backyard, there were mixtures all over the yard of dead flowers mixed in with baby flowers and big pretty ones.

then there was this broken down wire fence that was bent all the way over in some spots. I looked over to the other side of the fence and found a camel. I took it inside and apparently I had owned it for a while and had forgotten. I looked at it later, and it wasn't really a camel at all, but i couldn't remember what it was called. A little later I realized it was a Giraffe. Then I woke up.

Brooke L. said...

ok your probably not going to believe but but from when i was 6 yrs old untill i was thirteen i had the same dream on may 12th of every year , they werent the exact same but it was in the same place and in the same situation ill explain ok so it is me and a bunch of people i do not recognize (but somehow i know them in the dream) and we are in a giant discovery zone typed warehouse with office cubicles in them and we are hiding from a trex( this probably derived from the first time i saw the famous scene in jurrassic park when i was 6 yrs old when it came out) and i keep telling everyone to hid in the desks and not move but everyone is running and it is chaotic, there is not much to the dream besides that (that i can remember anymore) and it really didnt click that i was having the same dream every year just a little altered until i got old enough to keep up with the date and reolize i had had that dream already. it was very strange but after 7th grade i stopped having that dream on that day.. this prob sounds like bs i know but it happened and ive always wanted to ask a doctor or something why that happend but cool eh?

JoannaS5 said...

I once had a dream where i killed my baby brother. At the time i began to do so he was not my baby brother though. In time his faced changed to my baby brothers and i continued to do it. I woke up immediately after having looked into his eyes and i was on the verge of crying. I ran into his room and grabbed him up from sleeping and hugged him really hard. My guess was built up frustration toward a small child who doesn't know any better...but still a horrible dream.