Dreams a’laÂ Jung
Jung viewed dreams as being compensatory and revealing, the latter in opposition toÂ FreudâsÂ concealing view. In common with Freud, Jung believed that dreams are the voice of the unconscious, but held the view that symbols are natural expressions of theÂ unconscious.Â JungÂ suggestedÂ thatÂ symbolsÂ representÂ the languageÂ ofÂ emotion and that dream symbols, in particular, comprise symbolic messages to be deciphered rather thanÂ heavilyÂ disguised transmissions of âlatentâ issues.
Jung claimed that dreamsÂ areÂ anÂ innerÂ driveÂ towardsÂ healthÂ and maturity, the purpose beingÂ toÂ restoreÂ psychologicalÂ equilibrium. To Jung, symbols are the natural language of the unconscious, not disturbed mental activity. Dreams contain archetypal symbols andÂ need to be understood as the striving for inner directed progressionÂ in a world concerned with outwardly directed characteristics.