One item that Carl Jung
felt was a window into our subconscious
and that could be used in analytical processes was the dream and
are a representation in the sensory environments of our mind.
They reflect thoughts, feelings and awareness. They reflect our
everyday lives in that they are expressing what has been occupying
our minds in the day or two prior to the dream. One way a dream
can be interpreted is by looking at how it relates to recent events
in our life. Dreams occur naturally during a sleep phase known
as REM sleep. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep occurs about every
ninety minutes through out the night. These REM periods get progressively
longer throughout the night, starting out about 5 - 10 minutes
each at the beginning of the night - up until about 30-40 minutes
by morning. In total - people dream about 100 minutes per night.
People dream in order to help
the brain grow by exciting neurons. This explains why
all people and creatures dream, and babies dream up to about 8
hours per day. Researchers also believe that dreams play a role
in memory- they strengthen connections between certain areas of
the brain and allow other connections that hold less useful information
to be released and forgotten. REM sleep
also plays a role in releasing certain hormones in the brain and
it has been found that reduced REM sleep seems to reduce depression.
reflect feelings and awareness that have not been successfully
resolved in our waking lives. Unresolved feelings often include
the sudden loss of a loved one, or an abrupt end to a romantic
relationship. We wish the situation could have ended differently,
so we tend to replay it in our minds.
Carl Jung & Dream