Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Carl G. Jung & Dreams

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Although greatly influential on our understanding of Dreams, the following rare interview with the late Dr. Jung was more personal, shedding light on who he was and what were some of the overarching themes of his life's work. This television interview and his friendship with John Freeman (host) eventually led to the publishing of Man and His Symbols, his last work and only attempt to present his work to the general public. And here I quote a bit of the review by the Guardian;
". . . What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human beings."

In the third video of the series he is asked an important question regarding what he once wrote about Death and its psychological importance.

In relation to the psychological importance of both Birth and Death he reminds us of the "peculiar faculties of the psyche" which indicate that - at least in part - the psyche is not dependent on the confinements of the physical body.

The following is the first part of the documentary, A World of Dreams which goes into a bit of detail regarding the psychosocial significance of dreams.

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