Interpreting Dream Language, II

My last post dealt provided a brief introduction to Jung’s understanding of dreams and dream interpretation. The following post finishes this introduction by discussing Jung’s requirements for undertaking the interpretation of symbols and archetypes that make up dream content (as well as the content found in active imagination).   In looking at dreams as texts,…

Interpreting Dream Language, I

My previous posts described the nature and content of symbols and archetypes, unconscious material that helps make internal, psychic conflict available and understandable to the individual in whom a psychological crisis occurs. The next two series of posts address how to interpret symbols and archetypes so as to make sense of our unconscious material and…

The Language of the Unconscious, II: Archetypes

My last post discussed how the unconscious speaks to an individual through symbols. This post describes how the unconscious speaks to the individual through archetypes, personifications of unconscious material that present themselves to a person.   For Jung, archetypes represent “riverbeds along which the current of psychic life has always flowed.”[1] He defined archetypes as…