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Andrew Wright March 25, 2008 English 02 Section 46 Prof. Minh Trinh Microtheme #3 In the Old Testament, Joseph, while in Egypt, discovers that he has the ability to interpret dreams. He is able to predict the fates of his two cellmates and eventually, he uses his power to save the Egyptian people and his long lost family from a devastating famine. While most people today do not believe that you can predict the fate of a person through their dreams, there is now evidence that, while they may not predict the future, they do play an important role in helping people work out their problems in the present. If a person is having a problem or dilemma in their lives that they cannot figure our consciously, dreaming allows the subconscious to take a crack at the problem. Dreams also allow a person to compensate for their inadequacies in the real world. Someone with a mundane job might have exciting, action-packed adventures at night to compensate for the tediousness of his real life. Carl Jung says that this is the psyche trying to balance itself out.
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