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Comprehensive documentary on the legendary psychologist and philosopher, Carl Gustav Jung. While this book mostly concentrates onto the collected biography of the famous C. G. Jung and stories about his life told by his former students this book has a great variety of his well-known theories and a short description to each of them in order to enlighten the reader if he/she is not familiarised with them before. The parts I have took the most interest in were the theories from his ‘Collective Unconscious’ where he talked about the psyche, symbols, archetypes and dreams.

C. G. Jung has widely used the therm ‘Archetype’ when summing up the repetitive symbols found in paintings, read about in religious and other books and similar. Archetypes are the symbols that have a hidden meaning. In his ‘Collective Unconscious’ Jung has separated several of the most common archetypes.

Jung explored every conceivable religious, mythological and artistic source, and the repetition of themes, of narrative stories, of symbols and patterns of behaviour, which he called the ‘archetypes’, convinced him that the collective unconscious was real. They are, as one analyst has said, ‘the building blocks out of which human reality is made’.

He believed that dreams are the mirror of the person and his personality – the ‘ego’. When interpreting different dreams and making connections we can see the answers in the archetypes and the symbols that appear in the dreams.

Dreams are the language in which all aspects of a person’s individual psychology express themselves, in an uncensored form. Dreams are just the threshold into the unconscious from the conscious, or from the ‘ego’. ‘Ego’ in Latin means ‘I’, and is really what we think of when we think of our identity in the first person.

Even though dreaming is a part of what a human nature is, some people claim to not have ever had dreams or had only few of them. This is mostly because that when we wake up, only few percent of the total amount of dreams we have at night can be remembered. We all dream.

Not only is it difficult to find the time for dreams, to remember them in a half-waking state as the pressure of the day begins, but dreams themselves are often so strange that we can find them unwelcome.

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