#CarlJung #Quotes #dreams
As individuals we are not completely unique, but are like all other men. Hence the dream with a collective meaning is valid in the first place for the dreamer, but it expresses at the same time the fact that his momentary problem is also the problem of other people. This is often of great practical importance, for there are countless people who are inwardly cut off from humanity and oppressed by the thought that nobody else has their problems. Or else they are those all-to-modest souls who, feeling themselves non-entities, have kept their claim to social recognition on too low a level. Moreover, every individual problem is somehow connected with the problem of the age, so that practically every subjective difficulty has to be viewed from the standpoint of the human situation as a whole. But this is permissible only when the dream really is a mythological one and makes use of collective symbols.
Carl Jung (CW 10: Civilization in Transition, “The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man,” 323)