Dreams are very important manifestations of our psychic sphere’s functioning and their meaning is crucial as guidance concerning our own balance because they clearly show us our mistakes. We make these mistakes as we follow only one completely developed psychological function of four; another one is only partially developed and the other two functions remain in an atrophic condition.
The four psychological functions we have in our disposition are our thoughts, feelings, sensations and intuitions. If only one of them is functional, we can make many judgmental mistakes and our behaviour is not balanced. For example, a person who can only think doesn’t have feelings and sensations. Perhaps a little bit of intuition, but this is not enough to really help them. Therefore, this person’s attitude is based on their cold rational conclusions only.
Without feelings, we can only be cruel… On the other hand, if someone has developed only the capacity to feel in his psychic sphere, one is not able to think logically. One’s thoughts are not objective and one cannot come to any logical and balanced conclusion.
We must develop all our psychological functions in order to be completely balanced, without being one-sided as we are before this development. This can be accomplished through dream interpretation in a short period of time for people without serious psychological problems, especially adolescents who are only starting to develop their personalities.
According to each one’s psychological problems, it can also be a guaranteed method of psychotherapy for anyone. It can even cure patients who have serious psychological problems, such as the psychotic and schizophrenic patients, but only if they agree to cooperate in their psychotherapy, which is almost impossible to accomplish because they are aggressive patients who disagree with everything.
Besides equally developing our four psychological functions, we have to learn to be introverted and extroverted at the same time. Usually we have either an introverted character, which means that we relate everything with ourselves and we have our own way of examining reality or we have an extroverted character, i.e., when we agree with the general concepts of reality, we are very sociable and connected with the objective reality we observe.
It’s very difficult for everyone to accept the attitude of the other psychological type. Introverted types despise the extroverted concepts and vice versa. However, in order to be completely balanced and see reality objectively and at the same time have our personal judgement about it, we have to develop both attitudes.
Here is an example of a dream where the unconscious reveals the alternations of the dreamer’s personality:
The dreamer is in a very big and fast ship with his friend S and S’s mother and sister. They arrive suddenly at the port, which frightens them and all the people with them in the ship. In the port, they get out the ship almost running and they go all together to S’s house.
There, the dreamer’s uncle and a childhood friend of the uncle come to take him far from S’s house because they don’t like the environment there. At this moment the dreamer (a young 20-year-old man) wakes up.
The other people we see in our dreams are parts of our own personality. The dreamer was examining his friend’s personality for a long time, indicated by the dream in which they were together in a ship, which takes a long time to arrive at its destination. His friend’s mother is the worse part of his personality, since the mother represents the roots of our wild side. The sister is the female side of S’s personality, while S is a man. The female side in a man is the side that is futile and therefore has a negative meaning in dreams, like the mother. In other words, for a long time the dreamer was examining the part of his personality that was similar to that of his friend S.
While he was examining this part of his personality for a long time, he suddenly arrived to the port, which means that he was in a hurry to come to the end of this scrutiny.
When I asked him how he could characterize his friend S the dreamer said that S was very calm and wise. So, this was a positive part of the dreamer’s personality. However, he was examining the worse side of this positive personality in a hurry because his psychic sphere was not accepting S’s behaviour. The dreamer couldn’t agree on being calm and wise like his friend S, so he was trying to find mistakes in S’s behaviour and disadvantages on being like S.
His uncle and his uncle’s friend were parts of his personality too, which didn’t agree with S’s behaviour, that’s why they wanted to take the dreamer away from S’s house. S’s house represents S’s psychic sphere.
The unconscious was showing to the dreamer that he has to better examine this positive part of his personality that other negative parts don’t accept, so that he may adopt it.
Through dream analysis, we can completely examine our behaviour, identify our mistakes and ways to develop our psychic spheres and attitudes completely, so that we’ll always be balanced.