Dream and myth: the foundation for depth psychology
Freud hypothesized that dreams were a means for establishing a universal method for studying the human psyche. He felt that dreams provided a means for studying the psyche in a manner similar to that used to study the physiological characteristics of the body. In studying dreams and myth he theorized that one could make comparative interpretation of a universality of symbolism.
â€œIt was the insight that, just as dreams express the unconscious of individuals, myths express the unconscious of the human species as a wholeâ€¦the symbolism of myth expresses the processes of the psyche in their quintessential form in contrast to the more personal contents of dreams deriving from merely individual experiences.â€
Freud thought that dreams expressed the unconscious domain of the individual. He furthermore considered that there existed a relationship between myths and dreams. Dreams represented the individualâ€™s unconscious response and myth represented societiesâ€™ unconscious fundamental form of the social psyche in symbolic form.
Freud theorized that â€œby deciphering the symbolism of mythsâ€¦he would be able to apply the general principle to the particular case of the individual personality by relating dreams to mythsâ€¦it was this that became the foundation for depth psychology.â€
Quotes from â€œThe Death and Rebirth of Psychologyâ€â€”Ira Progoff.
The function of dreams, the role of dreams in consciousness, bicameral (visitation) vs. conscious dreams, lucid dreams.
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