The Function of Dreams: The Ego and The Self

As we continue with our exploration into dreams, imagine the psyche (soul) as the ocean, with the tip of the wave representing the individual ego.1 Using this analogy, further imagine that though each wave may perceive itself to be separate and individual, it is in reality part of the ocean or the great psychic depths which constitutes the collective unconscious. Extending this metaphor further imagine that when we dream it is as if a pipeline is put down into the psychic depths and the contents of the unconscious are experienced in pure form. The dreams arising from the shallow waters […]

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A Brief History of Dreams

How often do we say to a friend, “I had the strangest dream last night” and how often are we curious enough to really reflect on that dream and wonder what possible meaning it could hold for us? For most of us relating the dream to a friend is as far as our analysis goes and very quickly the dream fades and is soon forgotten.  Yet the often repeated advice to “sleep on your problem” is based on empirical evidence testifying to the natural problem solving nature of dreams. There are numerous instances of answers to scientific questions and mathematical […]

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