Dreams and their meanings were at the core of Carl Jung’s research into the unconscious mind and the part it plays in human nature. His work has brought a deeper understanding to the purpose of dreams and to how, through a process he named ‘individuation’, we can bring our conscious and unconscious mind into closer union, and, in doing so, make our lives more fruitful and complete.
In the spring of 1959, the British Broadcasting Corporation showed an in-depth interview with Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, eminent psychiatrist and Founder of Analytical Psychology, on television. The series was called ‘Face to Face’. As a result, Dr. Jung received many letters from people whom he would not normally have had contact with but who were attracted by his personality and his ideas on life and human potential. His usual correspondence was with doctors and psychiatrists, so Jung was very pleased to receive letters from the general public and from people who had no medical or psychiatric training. Up until that time, he had no wish to popularise his work and his published works were considered too difficult for popular reading.
However, this was soon to change! Carl Jung considered the interpretation of dreams to be very important and influential in understanding the psychology of human beings. Indeed, understanding dreams was central to Jung’s analytical work. In the last years of his life, he dreamed he was standing in a public place addressing a multitude of people who were listening to him with keen interest. More importantly, they were also understanding what he said. This dream convinced him to write about his work in a way that could be understood by the general reader. To accomplish this, Jung asked a friend, John Freeman, to edit his work so that it could be more easily understood. Thus the book Man and his Symbols came into being and established my unlikely link to Carl Jung.