On The Importance Of Dreams In Regards To Self Awareness

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Since the dawn of time, man has sought the answers to life's mysteries in his dreams. The aborigines of Australia believe their world was created in a ‘Dream-time’. The Ancient Greeks constructed temples in which people were sent to have healing dreams. To this day dreams capture the attention of the dreamer, however rationalism and the predominance of science in the modern world has caused the importance of dreams to fade in the public's consciousness. It is apparent, however, that the interpretation of dreams is a key component to self-awareness. The work of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and other psychologists and therapists has made it clear that dreams are not to be ignored when searching for the truths inside oneself. Research has... View More »

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Many of these are familiar to the lay-person: projection, repression, rationalization, among many others. In plainer terms, lashing out, ignoring the real problem, and trying to explain it away. Now, the above explanation may seem overly complex, and it certainly is unclear at first how any of that could be useful to someone in their day to day life. The answer lies in a dream's ability to unveil these internal conflicts to the dreamer, and in some cases, even resolve them. When these dynamics of the psyche are revealed in dream form, rather than in a classroom or on in an English paper, they are innately understandable to the dreamer -- after-all, the dream came from the dreamer's mind. The power that dreams have to help people understand and resolve these problems cannot be understated. The reason these internal conflicts are unresolved is because the conscious mind refuses to acknowledge their presence in the psyche. In dreams, these conflicts are expressed, often times through symbols and indirect meaning. This is an ego-defense mechanism called the censor that prevents the conscious mind from recognizing what it is the dream is expressing. In order for the dream to get past the censor and still retain its meaning, the message(s) in the dream are hidden behind said symbols and unclear meanings. Freud called these two aspects of the dream the manifest content and the latent content, respectively . Analysis of the manifest content can reveal the latent content hidden within the dream. This latent content is the 'meat' of the dream, so to speak. It is the key to ...

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