chapter  1
10 Pages

Introduction: the fight with the shadow

As you perhaps already know, I take account of the psychology both of the conscious and of the unconscious, and this includes the investigation of dreams. Dreams are the natural products of unconscious psychic activity. We have known for a long time that there is a biological relationship between the unconscious processes and the activity of the conscious mind. This relationship can best be described as a compensation, which means that any deficiency in consciousness-such as exaggeration, onesidedness, or lack of a function-is suitably supplemented by an unconscious process.