The Dreams of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung
We analyzed 28 dreams from Sigmund Freud and 31 from Carl Jung. The dream
reports were culled from Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)
and On Dreams (1901), and from Jung's Memories, Dreams, and
Some interesting results show up in the h-profile below:
- Both men had similar Familiarity Percents, but Jung's Friends Percent was
much lower than Freud's. This suggests that Jung dreamed primarily of his
family and relatives.
- Their A/C Indexes -- aggressions per character -- were similar (and
somewhat below the male norms) but Freud had very little physical
aggression in his dreams; most of it was verbal or covert.
- Freud and Jung were equally likely to have initiated aggression in their
dreams, but Jung was by far more likely to initiate friendliness.
- Freud had less failure in his dreams than did Jung, and when he was
involved in striving situations, he was far above the male norms in ending up
- There were not an unusual number of misfortunes in Freud's dreams, but
when they occurred they were disproportionately bodily misfortunes.
Interestingly, though, those bodily misfortunes were usually suffered by
someone other than Freud. (This last tidbit is not shown on the h-profile.)
|H-profile of Freud and Jung Compared to the Male Norms
For information about other coding categories, and for a discussion of these
results in the context of what is known about Freud and Jung's personalities,
see Chapter 8 of Bill Domhoff's Finding
Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach.
Go back to the Findings index.