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DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
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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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How the Subconscious Mind Uses Archetypes in Dreams

The subconscious mind indeed works in mysterious ways. Sometimes it expresses itself by creating images possible only in dreams. It may pick up things from your waking hours, things that are easy enough to recognize, but there are also times when it only uses symbols and archetypal imagery to convey or form a statement. With that said, it’s only normal for us to be interested with archetypes and how the subconscious mind uses them in our dreams.

Dream interpretation has been an important factor in getting to know ourselves better. In psychology, patients who seek help are encouraged to slip in a sleep-like state to bring out what the subconscious mind holds. Dreams, as well as the subconscious mind, have always been the “keepers” of one’s uninhibited desires and emotions that are best kept hidden.

Archetypes are formed by our own, individual subconscious mind therefore it’s only normal to have hundreds, if not thousands, of archetypes known in the history of dream psychology. In truth, only our minds know how and when these archetypes will be used and how they can affect our daily living. They are what our subconscious mind perceives however, there also lies the dangers of having too many archetypes influencing your personality as they are bound to contradict each other and eventually cause stress to the person.

Although there are many different archetypes representing characters or personalities there are only five main archetypes according to Carl Jung:

The shadow, the anima, the animus, the self and lastly, the persona.

·    The Shadow. The shadow archetype is always a negative one, representing the things that we would rather not show. This is one’s darker side, hidden to everybody else. We may or may not acknowledge it but we know deep within that it exists. Those who prefer to deny them are almost always haunted by the shadow in their dreams and fighting them is a futile battle as they always win—at least in your dreams.
·    The Anima/Animus. These archetypes are associated with sexuality—or rather, contrasexuality. While a man and a woman both have their own set of rules to live by, it was said that deep within them, there exists a balancing nature in which both genders act as one. The Anima or Animus archetypes control that part.
·    The Self. Self is considered as God or the spirit within us that connects us to the Universal spirit. It unifies your conscious and unconscious life. The self archetype is our core being.
·    The Persona. Contrary to the Self archetype, this type of archetype is how we would like the world to see us. This is our self-imagery, an image we want to emulate. It can also be considered as your mask to protect your true being.

The way your subconscious mind forms archetypes is based on your experiences, people you have met, things you associate, and just about anything which concerns you. They may be hereditary—or even by instinct, deeply embedded within us since birth. Culture and tradition also play a very important role in forming archetypes. Taking note of these things will help you identify your own archetypes when they manifest in your dreams. Keeping a dream journal will help you recognize your archetypes and the role they are playing within your subconscious.

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