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Nancy Furlotti: Dream Interpretation and Amplification in Jungian Psychoanalysis

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Psychotherapist, Nancy Furlotti, is coeditor and contributing author of, The Dream and Its Amplification, a collection of insights into Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation known as amplification. Amplification is a psychoanalytic method of uncovering the deeper, multiple meanings of symbolic images in dreams. The book is a valuable text for working with dreams. It is available for preorder on Amazon.com

According to Jungian psychoanalysis, a dream reveals features of the individual’s internal and external life through the symbolic images presented in the dream drama. For example, a dream about one’s mother would not necessarily only represent the dreamer’s actual mother. Rather, “mother” could symbolize the feminine aspect of the psyche or evoke the biological aspects of human nature, as well.

The method of dream amplification focuses on elements of a dream with which the dreamer has no personal associations. These more collective elements are recognized as symbols. The Jungian analyst’s role is to interpret these symbols within the contexts of collective knowledge such as mythology, folklore, or religion. Amplification is the process of uncovering the full meaning of the symbol or image while continually relating its meaning back to the dream and the dreamer.

In addition to her scholarly work, Nancy Furlotti has a private psychology practice in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara California, and is an active member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.

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