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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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George William Domhoff

Another notable character in dream psychology is George William Domhoff, a respected professor of psychology and sociology at The University of California. Under his literary belt are Finding Meaning In Dream, released in 1996 and The Scientific Study of Dreams in 2003, among others. Unlike most popular dream psychologists, he is very much alive and well. He agrees on one thing that all dream theorists have been pointing out all along: that is, dreams exist for a reason, whatever that may be.

While it is known to us that dreams do exist for a reason, its purpose is yet to be determined. Apparently, this is where the commonality of all dream theorists ends as there are several “suggested” purposes for dreams and not a single one of them has significant basis except for being circumstantial. This, in a way, supported Domhoff’s conclusion after several years of studying dream patterns and reports in accordance to today’s relevant social behavior, dream laboratory findings in the 50’s and of course, studies made by all-time dream champions like Freud, Jung and Hall. Domhoff’s conclusion? Dreams do exist for a reason but it may not be for a purpose as there is no existing purpose at all.

We have heard of dreams being prophetic in nature while many others agree that dreams are a cognitive function, natural to human capable of perceiving things. Claims were made even to this day but there seems to be no strong evidence to back up any. The birth of REM sleep almost doubled these dead-end claims but still no light to the matter can be seen. Furthermore, Domhoff stated that dreams have their own uses depending on one’s culture as people have been adamant in finding uses for them.

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