This is the 7th in the series of Jungian Psychology by John Betts who cautions us not to overinterpret dreams and also suggests that the material should not be used. What I found quite interesting is that as in practising dream analysis, the analyst necessarily learns a lot about sleep in the process. Thus Betts gives the listener a useful overview of REM sleep and introduces a number of related terms. Betts contrasts Freud’s view of a latent and manifest dream content (as well as his use of signs rather than symbols) with that of Jung who maintained that dream material was experienced accurately and not transformed. Betts takes us through a number of advantages to using dream analysis. What was particularly interesting was the idea that dream material could be used to guide the therapeutic sessions in that the analysand’s dream material would contain useful information about the transference and countertransference occuring within the session. Also Betts describes how the dream material is used in the process of individuation. This is another in the instructive series by John Betts on Jungian Psychology.
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