Can dreams give us insight into cancer? One researcher is trying to find out, with a new study that will plumb whether the growth of cancer is reflected in patients dreams.
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Researcher Sandra Salzillo-Shields is trained as an archetypal pattern analyst, a new field of Jungian psychology, and shes looking for 20 women who have been diagnosed with gynecological cancer to participate in the study at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence.
The subjects, who may or may not be receiving treatment and wont meet Salzillo-Shields, will keep a dream journal for three months. Then Salzillo-Shields will study the journals with other dream analysts to see if they share themes or patterns that can be read as signs of cancers cellular growth.
One of the major tenets of Jungian psychology is that the language of the unconscious mind manifests primarily in the form of dreams. With proper translation, we can create a bridge between the conscious mind and the primordial or archetypal images of the unconscious mind that can help a patient and caregiver better understand crises, she explains.
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