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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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Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

The Psychology of Nightmares

Posted By admin on July 22nd, 2010

A nightmare is surrounded by hidden dream meanings that cause strong, negative feelings and responses. Typically, nightmares instantly bring a feeling of fear because of the danger and discomfort that it brings to the dreamer. Certain dream symbols direct people to see and associate negative feelings that provides a clinging feeling that inhibits a person to return to sleep. But what do these nightmares really imply?

Nightmares definitely contain unpleasant dream symbols that people would wish to avoid. There are many suppositions that aim to keep a person away from nightmares and the horrid dream interpretations that cultivate fearful thoughts and feelings. Although nightmares bring negative feelings, its appearance in one’s dreams is an important indication to maintain a person’s security and safety.

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Understanding the conscious and unconscious

Posted By admin on July 21st, 2010

The complex study of dream psychology has developed a set of methodology to discover and give dream interpretations. The analysis of dream symbols was developed by Sigmund Freud while dwelling and observing the dreams of his patients. Dream psychology has also brought about the battle between the conscious and unconscious mind of the human person.

Whenever complicated problems arise, we try to decide by choosing the best and the more important choice. In considering all necessary options, some people even experience difficulty in sleep and rest. During these times, the conscious mind has been working double time to address the problem, but we would later on discover that the unconscious could also help solve the problem for us.

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Dream theories of Sigmund Freud

Posted By admin on July 12th, 2010

Sigmund Freud introduced his radical ideals as he presented the themes of the unconscious, which further evolved as part of dream interpretation. In 1865, Freud revolutionized psychiatry by analyzing the dream symbols of his patients to diagnose their illness. Dream interpretations were also used to determine personalities that might further lead to psychological disorders.

The Freudian dream psychology searched the unconscious of a person where fears and desires dwell. These emotions were camouflaged in the form of dream symbols. Dream meanings communicate to our conscious mind the desires that it tries to suppress.

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Why Do We Dream?

Posted By admin on June 13th, 2010

Did you know that when you reach 60, you’ll sleep about 175,200 hours, dream 87,000 hours with 197,100 dreams? We experience significant number of dreams but we only remember as few as 5% of it. Since the ancient times, dreams have captivated philosophers but only recently they have been involved in scientific studies. Even you are probably wondering about dreams and why people dream at all.

During the ancient times, people perceive dreams as portals for receiving wisdom from the gods. Shamans depend on dreams to diagnose illness. In 1900’s, western people rely on dreams to forecast weather and predict the future. But a brand new idea of dream interpretation has come out when Sigmund Freud created his theory about dreams as a representation of unconscious desires, thoughts and motivations.

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Why Dreams Deserve Our Attention

Posted By admin on December 31st, 2009

Dreams are occurrences which present a very special meaning to a person. Although the reason behind dreaming stays unclear, it clearly deserves our attention. They occur every night to almost all of us leaving feelings and emotions that seem too surreal to believe. Due to their very common nature paired with our own objective minds, it’s fairly easy for dreams to obscure their true meaning from seekers like us.

History has it that dreams are to be used for guidance and enlightenment, depending on one’s belief, culture and tradition. Due to this, dreams are deemed important in every aspect of one’s life particularly in their psychological, emotional and spiritual states. It was said that with every action comes a seed to be planted in your subconscious mind. This seed has an effect that is instantaneous and can even grow overtime, affecting even the decisions you make during your waking hours. With that said, it is safe to say that the subconscious mind is a roomful of accumulated perceptions, bound to affect a person psychologically. Dreams, on the other hand, provide the easiest way to reach your subconscious mind.

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Dreams and Their Interpretations in Psychology

Posted By admin on December 30th, 2009

Dreams have indeed baffled us since the beginning of time hence the many—and sometimes conflicting—interpretations to it. People whose dreams stirred enough interest in them started studying dream patterns in relation to human behavior and even fate. Some of the prominent figures in dream psychology are Alfred Adler, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Their interpretations garnered followers and believers the world over since theirs are, more or less, hitting the spot just right. They, too, were not spared from critics who have developed their own interpretation of dreaming but failed to withstand the test of time.

Modern science believes that there is something behind dreaming and that it will greatly benefit mankind if it can be figured. Freud, Jung and Adler, due to the extensiveness of their research, studies and tests made in the name of dream psychology stay, up to this day, as champions in the field. Their influence can still be felt and their studies are most sought after. Freud and Jung both believed that dreams have meaning. Freud strongly stood behind his findings that dreams are the road to one’s unconscious mind while Jung used symbols and archetypes which he later termed as collective unconscious. On the other hand, Adler raised the greatest contradiction for both Freud and Jung’s theories. Adler stated that dreams are generated by both the conscious and unconscious mind. Adler’s theory concluded that dreams are mere manifestations of our waking lives and can be used as a tool to detect problems, existing and potential ones, and ultimately arrive to a beneficial solution.

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George William Domhoff

Posted By admin on October 20th, 2009

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.

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Calvin S. Hall Jr.

Posted By admin on October 19th, 2009

If we are to discuss how dream psychology and analysis took shape in our modern world, there is one name we shouldn’t miss discussing. That is of no less than the famous psychologist Calvin S. Hall Jr.

Calvin Springer Hall Jr. made a remarkable contribution to dream science by his well-known quantitative coding system. In this system, Hall considered dreaming as a cognitive function of the brain and no more than that. Over his years of studying dream behaviors, he managed to accumulate thousands of dream reports from all kinds of people. Using these reports, he concluded dreams to be divided into different categories depending on the dreamer’s state of mind. He then referred to dreams as a sequence of events conceived by the dreamer’s mind accrued during his waking hours. He also believed that images found in dreams are visual manifestations of your own personal feelings such as fear, ambitions, hopes and dreams. Furthermore, he firmly supported the idea that dream images are only formed when they are personally experienced by the dreamer i.e when a person came to know the concept of birth, whether from a third person or her own, the birthing process is now possible to form in one’s dream. Perception and conception play a major role in Hall’s dream analysis while the power of suggestion may also contribute to one’s dream symbolism.

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Collective Unconscious

Posted By admin on August 18th, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/08/collective-unconscious/

Collective unconscious is a term developed by the famous psychologist Carl Jung which pertains to the independent unconscious part of the human mind containing the concepts of humanity. These, as Carl Jung firmly believed, are concepts deeply instilled in our minds since birth. They are referred to as archetypes or models in which a person would likely take after. Furthermore, the respected psychologists believed that collective unconscious has been around since the beginning of man. His conclusion found evidence through Greek mythology where archetypes are very apparent in each and every character. He explained that Greek mythology is purely based on archetypes and this is the key to learning more about human behavior.

According to Carl Jung, mythology has been the perfect model on how people react and behave when faced in uncertain situations. It reflects clearly what kind of people we are and every story in Greek mythology harbors truth and justification albeit hidden in words. Dreams, on the other hand, are our gateways to the collective unconscious part of our minds since dreaming knows no boundaries and possibilities are limitless. In dreams, the collective unconscious can be heard without being judged unlike when in reality.

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Out-of-body Experience

Posted By admin on July 22nd, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/07/out-of-body-experience/

Out-of-Body experience or OBE is best described as a sensation in which a person most likely feels going out of his own physical body and observing it from afar. This experience is also referred to as astral projection wherein it was said that one could travel from one place to another without moving the physical body. To better understand out-of-body experience, it is when the soul leaves the body for some time, intentionally and otherwise.

Out-of-body experiences can occur under many different circumstances. Some reported cases were brought forward claiming that OBE can be achieved during deep sleep or in altered state of mind such as under the influence of a drug. Furthermore, cases of OBE were reported alongside NDE or near-death experiences which often go hand-in-hand. Others have already mastered the ability to induce OBE when they want to.

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