Parallels between Jungian and black African views on dreams

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This paper seeks to address the clinical difficulty of working psychodynamically with black African clients in South Africa. The paper explores the points of convergence and divergence between Jungian dream theory and black African dream theory. In many respects, these two frameworks are remarkably similar, suggesting that Jungian dream work could serve as a basis for psychodynamic therapy with black African clients. The author proposes that this dream work could bridge the historical gulf between white African (clinical social worker) and black African (client). Guidelines for cross-cultural dream analysis are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-154
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Cross-cultural
  • Dream analysis
  • Indigenous healing
  • Jung

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health (social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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