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January 7, 1974


JAMA. 1974;227(1):77. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230140047017

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To the Editor.—  I was surprised by the letter from Dr. Albright (225:1658, 1973). His contention that dreams are analogous to the "poetry" printout from a computer is a theoretical statement that suggests lack of experience with clinical material.In working with dreams in many psychotherapy cases, I have become thoroughly convinced of Carl Jung's theory that dreams act as a compensation to the waking ego state. Far from being random, they are most precise. Far from being meaningless, they sometimes show a wisdom and comprehension greater than that of the conscious mind.