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Children's Dreams

Children's Dreams: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1940

C. G. Jung
Lorenz Jung
Maria Meyer-Grass
Translated by Ernst Falzeder
with the collaboration of Tony Woolfson
Series: Jung Seminars
Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 520
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    Children's Dreams
    Book Description:

    In the 1930s C. G. Jung embarked upon a bold investigation into childhood dreams as remembered by adults to better understand their significance to the lives of the dreamers. Jung presented his findings in a four-year seminar series at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.Children's Dreamsmarks their first publication in English, and fills a critical gap in Jung's collected works.

    Here we witness Jung the clinician more vividly than ever before--and he is witty, impatient, sometimes authoritarian, always wise and intellectually daring, but also a teacher who, though brilliant, could be vulnerable, uncertain, and humbled by life's great mysteries. These seminars represent the most penetrating account of Jung's insights into children's dreams and the psychology of childhood. At the same time they offer the best example of group supervision by Jung, presenting his most detailed and thorough exposition of Jungian dream analysis and providing a picture of how he taught others to interpret dreams. Presented here in an inspired English translation commissioned by the Philemon Foundation, these seminars reveal Jung as an impassioned educator in dialogue with his students and developing the practice of analytical psychology.

    An invaluable document of perhaps the most important psychologist of the twentieth century at work, this splendid volume is the fullest representation of Jung's views on the interpretation of children's dreams, and signals a new wave in the publication of Jung's collected works as well as a renaissance in contemporary Jung studies.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-4308-4
    Subjects: Psychology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Note to the English Edition
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Sonu Shamdasani
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
    Lorenz Jung and Maria Meyer-Grass
  6. Introduction by the Editors
    (pp. xiii-xx)

    C. G. Jung did not find the time, in the midst of writing his immense body of work, to review the four seminar reports assembled here for their scientific correctness. He was convinced, however, that such editing would be necessary; he considered his own statements, as well as those of the participants of the seminars, to be, above all, oral contributions to the discussion, which would need to be elaborated more carefully and precisely when printed, in order to stand up to criticism. The most subjective factors may often influence the spoken word, and the inevitably subjective recording of the...

  7. 1 On the Method of Dream Interpretation (Professor Jung)
    (pp. 1-31)

    Professor Jung: In this seminar¹ we will deal primarily with the dreams of children. In addition, some books about the significance of dreams will be discussed.

    All of the dreams with which we will concern ourselves have been contributed by the participants. In most cases they were remembered by adults from their childhood, and were not obtained from the children themselves. This poses a difficulty as, in the case ofremembereddreams, we can no longer ask the children themselves but have to resort to other means in order to enrich the dream material and to understand the dream. But...

  8. 2 Seminar on Children’s Dreams (Winter Term 1936/37) Papers and Commentaries on Dreams of Two Children
    (pp. 32-103)

    Dr. Fierz: I structured the dream as follows:

    Beginning and locale: This is the part of the dream until the mentioning of the three young women.

    Development: The handing over of the red sticks.

    Peripateia: The smoking.

    Lysis: Staggering out, dizziness, nausea.

    The locale: Thestreetis the world of collective consciousness. What happens there is common and normal. Now, from the street it goes down into a strangestore. This store is called strange, and so deserves our attention. A store is a place for exchanging goods: for money, one gets some goods that one doesn’t have. Usually, these...

  9. 3 Psychological Interpretation of Children’s Dreams (Winter Term, 1938/39)
    (pp. 104-235)

    Mrs. Sachs: The boy is five years old, at an age when first impressions are still very important, when fast developmental steps are made, but the personal world of consciousness is still very small and strongly under the influence of the collective unconscious, which is still close to consciousness.

    A man covered with hairappears in the dream. Now, what could this mean to the child? Being an adult, this man is superior to the child. In addition, he is covered with hair. This man is something that induces fear and terror, of which one is afraid, reminiscent of a...

  10. 4 Psychological Interpretation of Children’s Dreams (Winter Term, 1939/40)
    (pp. 236-378)

    Professor Jung: This year I would like to forgo a longer introduction to the technique of dream analysis, and just briefly address a few general questions. As you know, we apply a structure to the dream, that corresponds to the pattern of a drama. We distinguish four elements: theintroductionoften specifies place and time, as well as the actors (dramatis personae) of the dream action. There follows theexposition, which unfolds the problem of the dream. It contains, so to speak, the theme, or maybe the question posed by the unconscious. From this arises theperipateia: the dream action...

  11. 5 Seminar on Children’s Dreams (Winter Term, 1940/41)
    (pp. 379-468)

    Professor Jung: We are dealing here with children’s dreams of a particular kind, which are very often not understood correctly, because it is thought that these dreams are being observed in children—that is, are directly recorded by the father or the mother. We are not dealing with such dreams, however, but with children’s dreams that have been remembered by adults. So a selection of these dreams has already been made. These are dreams that have stood the test of time and persisted. If someone had written down the dreams of your childhood, for instance, and you read these notes...

  12. Appendix: Dream Series of a Boy
    (pp. 469-470)
  13. Bibliography
    (pp. 471-478)
  14. Index
    (pp. 479-494)
  15. Back Matter
    (pp. 495-502)