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Jung's writings are universally considered the basis for modern dream interpretation, as well as being culturally influential in many other ways. So the publication of previously unreleased material many years after his death and Collected Works(also from Princeton) is certainly a milestone. Edited by one of Jung's grandsons (now deceased) and a Jugian analyst, these notes on a seminar about children's dreams are clear, concise, and rarely lapse into Latin-a happy surprise for anyone who has attempted to wade through Jung's Mysterium Coniunctionisor its ilk. Yet viewed as a contribution to modern dream theory, however, the whole approach to children and dreams has come to be viewed as suspect. Jung was interested in children's dreams as a way to "prove" the existence of the collective unconscious, defined as a structure of inborn symbols (archetypes) whose meaning was shared by all of humanity. Jung and his followers believed that prepubescent children didn't have enough life experience to generate individual dream images (i.e., "the bear chasing me in the dream is the big mean man across the street") so that their dreams are pure archetype ("the bear" is a shadow figure, symbolic of rejected traits). Even modern Jungians would reject that premise. Students of depth psychology or the history of ideas will find this essential for understanding Jung's tenents. Most other audiences can pass. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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