Theories of Dream Interpretation Comparison Essay by johnson4.0

Theories of Dream Interpretation
Examines the differences between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung's theories of dream interpretation based on Freud's patient, "Dora".
# 28942 | 4,116 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jul 10, 2003 in Psychology (Dreams) , Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Jung) , Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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After psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung met, they immediately formed a close friendship. Jung learned as much as he could from Freud, and Freud was very eager to pass on his knowledge and beliefs. The paper shows however, that after six years, Jung felt that Freud needed to broaden his theories. Freud was unable to accept this criticism because he expected unquestioning loyalty from his followers. The two men parted and expanded on their own theories independently. The paper explains that Freud maintained his theory that all dreams are the fulfillment of repressed wishes and contain mostly sexual symbols. Jung, however, believed that dreams do not have to be wish fulfillment and that the role of sex is not as strong as Freud believed it was. Based on their different theories, this paper explores how Jung might have analyzed Dora, one of Freud's patients. Sigmund Freud's interpretation of dreams differs from Carl Jung's interpretation due to his different opinion of the purpose of dreams and the role of sexuality, as evidenced in their contrary analysis of Dora in this paper.

From the Paper:

"Freud decided to begin his analysis of Dora's first dream using free association. Through this method, Freud discovered that Dora's parents had been fighting because Dora's mother was locking the dining room door at night. Dora's father was upset because if something were to happen in the night, then her brother would be locked inside the house since his bedroom only leads into the dining room. When Dora's father mentioned his fear of something happening at night, Dora thought about a fire. Freud concluded that it was this fear of fire that caused Dora's recurring dream to resurface (Freud 82)."

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