An Introduction to Dreamwork Psychology

Historically there has been a big tendency to impose on dreams to get meaning a Symbol System. In psychology it is their personality theory, like the Jungian anima-animus or shadow-persona. Such imposing of a symbol system onto dreams to produce dreamwork is likely to be highly distracting, taking people away from direct re-experiencing of the dream and not towards it.

About Post-Jungian Dreamwork Methodology

In the Jungian-Senoi dreamwork approach the ultimate focus is on the dream, always the dream, and not on a personality theory evolved in some psychologies that also work with dreams. When applying Jungian personality dynamics, such as anima-animus, to dreams, the Jungian model weakens so much that it does not always apply and is not found useful. One example is… does a woman have an anima as well as an animus or just an animus? And when applied to dreams, is it really true that all masculine figures in dreams represent her animus, her inner masculine?

The Dream Ego – Glossary of Key Terms

Dream – A dream is an experience in image, action and feeling when the ego is without conscious choice-making and awareness in terms of acting in outer life. The dreamer dreams the dream and awakes remembering the dream and writing it down. Thus we have the original dream experience when the dreamer is asleep, or not aware and active in the outer world. Then we have the remembered dream written down, the dream report.

Key-words in Dreamwork

Dream ego: Phases and transformations Personal development through dreamwork Stages in dream exploration Ethics in dreamwork Spirituality in dreamwork Evaluating results in dreamwork Dreamworking with a client Methodology of a dreamwork session Exploring a client’s dream: stages, rules, types of questions Dreamwork strategies related to types of dreams Dreams related …