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Dreams: A Study of the Dreams of Jung, Descartes, Socrates & Other Historical Figures

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These collected essays by the distinguished psychoanalyst Marie-Louise von Franz offer fascinating insights into the study of dreams, not only psychologically, but also from historical, religious, and philosophical points of view. In the first two chapters, the author offers general explanations of the nature of dreams and their use in analysis. She examines how dreams can ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published February 3rd 1998 by C.G. Jung Foundation Book/Shambhala (first published 1991)
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Leanna Palermo
Marie Louise von Franz (1915-1998) was a distinguished analyst and author, psychologist; she possessed a doctorate in classical languages and was considered a scholar in Medieval Latin. In addition to her collaborative efforts with the infamous C.G. Jung, often referred to as “the study of alchemy,” she went on to found the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She published widely on subjects such as dreams, fairy tales and synchronicity, and claimed to have analyzed over 65,000 dreams in her career. ...more
John Kulm
Jungian matriarch Marie-Louise Von Franz examines a few dreams from history, dreamed by Jung, Socrates, Themistocles and others. It was the Themistocles chapter that got my son's interest. He said a sequel to the history twisting movie The 300 is being made featuring the historical figure Themistocles. This was news to me, but maybe a movie will up the readership of this book.

Here are a few quotes from the book, all too long for Twitter:

"The 'illuminating' element of a dream is like candle-lig
This book is dreck. The interpretations are over-the-top and ridiculous, especially the ones involving mothers dreaming about their sons. There are no references for many of the interpretations, for instance, dreaming of giving birth to dogs equals sodomy? The whole book seems more the ravings of a deranged person than someone who has studied any psychology. I am very disappointed, and I hope her other works aren't as far-fetched and ludicrous.
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Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar.
Von Franz worked with Carl Jung, whom she met in 1933 and knew until his death in 1961. Jung believed in the unity of the psychological and material worlds, i.e., they are one and the same, just different manifestations. He also believed that this concept of the unus mundus could be investigated through research on the archetypes
More about Marie-Louise von Franz...
The Interpretation of Fairy Tales Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales (C.G. Jung Foundation Book) The Feminine in Fairy Tales Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 5) The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87)

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