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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009, pp. 42-49
Bioline Code: mj09032
Full paper language: English
Document type: Special Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009, pp. 42-49

 en Dreams in Jungian psychology: The use of dreams as an instrument for research, diagnosis and treatment of social phobia
Khodarahiai, Siamak


Background: The significance of dreams has been explained in psychoanalysis, depth psychology and gestalt therapy. There are many guidelines in analytic psychology for dream interpretation and integration in clinical practice. The present study, based on the Jungian analytic model, incorporated dreams as an instrument for assessment of aetiology, the psychotherapy process and the outcome of treatment for social phobia within a clinical case study.

Method: This case study describes the use of dream analysis in treating a female youth with social phobia.

Results: The present findings supported the three stage paradigm efficiency in the Jungian model for dream working within a clinical setting, i.e. written details, reassembly with amplification and assimilation. It was indicated that childhood and infantile traumatic events, psychosexual development malfunctions, and inefficient coping skills for solving current life events were expressed in the patient’s dreams.

Conclusion: Dreams can reflect a patient’s aetiology, needs, illness prognosis and psychotherapy outcome. Dreams are an instrument for the diagnosis, research and treatment of mental disturbances in a clinical setting.

dream, Jungian approach, social phobia, psychotherapy, medical sciences

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