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How can you assign meaning to dreams?

Last Thursday night, I dreamt the following:

I was sitting in the living room of my grandparents house with my mom, brother, sister, cousins, and uncle. There was a white board and I was trying to study, but my uncle was making it seem like I had to help him clean up. I was stuck picking up pieces of gum all over the carpet floor that were placed there from my younger cousins. 

As Freud and Jung interprets dreams, I also intend on assigning meaning to my dream through the following dream analysis:

The location of my grandparents’ house represents a still motion, not in a relaxing way where time seems to be frozen whenever I’m at their house. Seated on the couch, I view as being in a rut because I’m motionless and not heading in any direction.  Surrounded by my intermediate family, I felt supported and loved to do what my heart desires and accomplish challenging obstacles.

In regards to Jungian archetypes, I believe my mother represented the mother archetype because she embodies a nurturing, caring, and positive attitude that calms me and encourages me to relax. In contrast, the presence of my uncle and cousins made me feel uneasy because I’ve never had good relations with them.  I think my uncle and cousins represent the people holding me back from accomplishing what I desire to finish.  They represent the shadow that’s placing a negative, deadly boredom that makes everything seem meaningless and empty.

Myself with my  sister, grandma and mother.               Shadow Archetype

The act of picking up gum can’t be explained through my own experience, yet through Jung’s collective unconscious this actions can seem innate and inherited in the human mind as being stuck to something. Picking up the pieces of gum all over the room signify being stuck to little meaningless tasks that deter me from accomplishing my goals. The failed attempt at studying illustrates my distraction and lack of focus I have to concentrate at study. This dream influences me to push aside the distractions and focus to study, because I have been putting study off this week to deal with other trivial matters.

After analyzing my dream and understanding what my unconscious may have been telling me, I have been attempting to remain more focused and devote my attention to studying for my Organic Chemistry midterm on Friday. Through this focused mind set, Freud could conclude my personal unconscious has seemed at rest with attempting me to remain focused because this dream has not been reoccurring.  Since I comprehend the meaning of my dream and changed my actions, I am no longer threatened by my inability to remain focused and feel empowered avoid distractions and study for my midterm.


Reflection On the Process of Inquiry

The process of research and inquiry, particularly on how I approached the Cinematic Inquiry Project, has guided me to find answers to my curiosity.  The various concepts of the mind pertaining to the film, Being John Malkovich by Charlie Kaufman, were explored through several types of references: books, articles, and webpages.  Starting with established, reviewed, and credited sources I was able to find details on one element and dig into a specific topic.The questions of inquiry I proposed lead me in the direction of interesting concepts that prompted me to ask additional questions. My prezi presentation allowed me to display those connections and the order of my developmental process of inquiry.

Instead of connecting the film to concepts of the mind, I drew connections between concepts of the mind and related them to the film. This approach did not limit my connection between theory/critical sources and the film, but rather expanded my thinking “outside the box” to discover new correlations between the film and theory that were not discussed in the previous class periods.

My approach to research differs in this project compared to other research-based projects, because I learned how to make ideal connections to the film through various aspects of the mind. My conclusion was not summing-up what I learned and ending the process of my inquiry, instead I developed multiple questions to further the research process.  It was not easy to find an endpoint for my presentation because I consistently added additional details to make more connections between concepts.

As a visual person, the Prezi effected how I was able to arrive with the final outcome of your research on my approach of exploring concepts of the mind. The ability to visualize the connections between similar concepts with different sources prompted me to construct a pathway of exploratory and rhetorically developed presentation to depict my process of inquiry

This project has taught me various customs I can apply to the next and final project for this class (or other research projects in other classes). For instance, I developed and advanced an exploratory outlook on completing research.  A greater ease of access was achieved as I learned how to correlate similar ideas in a logic connection that would be of higher quality.  The logic of the presentation prompted the process of inquiry to flow between various ideas and notions. Prior to this Prezi presentation, I struggle with positioning and identifying notions in a simple manner to express logical order of my research process.  The final outcome of my presentation was a written argument because this visual presentation provided propositions on the various concepts of the mind with multiple connections to ideas in the film.

This self-reflection my the process of inquiry has allow me to reflect on the endeavors and attainment I confronted during my research process, which will inspire me to grow with curiosity as I undertake additional research projects.

Concepts of the Mind

Being John Malkovich by Charlie Kaufman illustrates several scenes that have raised intriguing questions about the concept of the mind.  I’ve created a prezi for the Writing the Mind class to capture my research process as I explore psychology and attempt to discover answers to my curiosity.










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