Jung, Carl (1875 – 1961)

Jung analyzes the dream of a colleague, submitting it as one of his ‘telepathic attacks’

A typed letter signed, ‘Jung’ one page, personal letterhead, June 1st 1931. Letter to his colleague, Dr. Wolfgang M. Kranefeldt, in full (translated): ‘Many thanks for sending the references. It’s better it should be too long than too short. Cimbal can still use the scissors as he pleases. It is strange that you should dream of Schmitz [likely the German writer Oskar A. H. Schmitz], but you sometimes have telepathic attacks, which is obviously to be expected. In addition, however, one naturally had to ask oneself what you have in common with Schmitz that makes him appear so clearly in your unconscious field of vision. I don’t even know how you feel about Schmitz. But it would not be impossible that he could be a somewhat exaggerated example in terms of writing. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad in practice if you could add about 1/10th Schmitz to your mix. I am enclosing a copy of my lecture, if you want to send it back to me when you have read it. The lecture will appear soon in the European Review. With best regards always.’ In fine condition.

Believing that dreams reveal more than they conceal, Jung’s dream theory was a product of an evolving process throughout his whole intellectual and professional life. His original contributions to the interpretation of dreams are multiple, encompassing compensation theory, symbolism, direct image association, the archetypal unconscious, individuation, two-mind confrontation, and the analysis of dreams on both subject and object levels. As quoted from his influential Red Book, Jung writes: ‘Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?’ A significant, highly desirable letter from Jung, who attempts to analyze the dream of a fellow psychotherapist.

Kranefeldt was a German psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and National Socialist (1892–1950) who was closely associated with Carl Jung. He was active in the AAGP and IAAGP in the 1930s and in 1936 joined the faculty of the Göring Institute in Berlin. He was regarded as Jung’s ‘leading pupil in Germany. In 1934, Kranefeldt published the book Secret Ways of the Mind: A Survey of the Psychological Principles of Freud, Adler, and Jung. The work features an introduction by Jung, which to this day offers great into his reassessment of psychoanalysis.