Notes on Jung: objective & subjective dreaming

Carl Jung understood that dreams have both an objective and subjective level. That is, when we dream, we dream both about ourselves and our representations of the world. Jung discusses the objective level of the dream:

“I call every interpretation which equates the dream images with real objects an interpretation on the objective level… Interpretation on the objective level is analytic, because it breaks down the dream content into memory-complexes that refer to external situations. (CW 7, para. 131)

The subjective aspects reflects the dreamer. Jung continues:

 “In contrast to this is the interpretation which refers every part of the dream and all the actors in it back to the dreamer himself. This I call interpretation on the subjective level….  Interpretation on the subjective level is synthetic, because it detaches the underlying memory-complexes from their external causes, regards them as tendencies or components of the subject, and reunites them with that subject.” (CW 7, para. 131)

The Stuff that Dreams are made of by John Anster Fitzgerald -1858. US Public Domain
The Stuff that Dreams are made of by John Anster Fitzgerald -1858. US Public Domain
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