One of the main tasks in the psychological individuation process is the reconciliation of opposites, especially the opposition between consciousness and the unconscious. Dreams create a bridge between these two worlds. Jung sees the dream as the steady endeavor of the unconscious to create the best possible equilibrium in the psyche. Dreams are a means to establish a homeostatic balance, or at least to show the dreamer what would be necessary to achieve this balance. Psychotherapists of many different schools use dreams in individual therapy, but very few use them in counseling couples.
The reader of this book will find within it ideas and models based on my 25
years of experience in clinical, educational, developmental, and medical psychology
among Arabs, Muslims, Jews, and Americans, but mainly among Palestinian
Arabs. I studied for my master’s degree in clinical psychology at Haifa
University in Israel, during which time I received some practical training at
Jewish psychological centers in Israel. Thus both my theoretical study and practical
training were based on the Western-oriented theories of psychology.
The chapters that follow offer fi rst-person accounts of the career journeys of
13 distinguished social psychologists. The authors describe their personal
career journeys, the signifi cant people and events that infl uenced their
paths, the major turning points, the main decisions, the challenges, the opportunities
and setbacks they experienced, and how the lessons they learned along the way
may shine a beacon for future social psychologists. Taken together, these chapters
chronicle the history of modern social psychology.