A new key-book for interpreting dreams and fairy tales

        Find Your True Self through Your Fantasies and Dreams

                                   by Olavi Moilanen

over 60 stories and fairy tales interpreted

the main archetypal, mythical figures explained

index of 1000 words to interpret dreams and life experiences


This book is an experiment for trying to understand the fairy tales using same methods that have been used in interpretation of the dreams. I have been working with dreams nearly forty years. In reading Sigmund Freud’s and Carl Gustav Jung’s writings I understood that there are no basic differences between dreams and fairy tales. They are both creations of human imagination. Imagining is to let the the process of free associations to go.  These associations pick up things and images that have conscious or unconscious connections to the typical worries of the human mind.

Some basic ideas in the book  is  to bring forth new ways to approach dreams and fairy tales

Among the great figures in psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, in particular, emphasized the independence of the subconscious powers. He observed that dreams bring along images which have an independent existence within the individual. He also noted that these same images appear in religious myths and legends, as well as in fairy tales, fables and folk tales. These images he chose to call ’archetypes’, as they are common to all mankind, having an independent existence of their own, irrespective of the individual they ’inhabit’. Later this sort of Jungian thought had been developed into a scientific discipline in its own right, namely archetypal psychology, which claims that archetypal characters constitute the basic elements for all human activity. It is only through them, according to this branch of science, that human action can be understood in a variety of situations - from the daily chore to the most elevated artistic and divine manifestations.

    The philosophic work of Martin Heidegger has also helped us to understand the independent nature of archetypal psychology. He has emphasized man as a place for human life and existence to take shape. It is not so much man himself that observes, thinks, experiences and fantasizes; instead he is a place where the world manifests itself as observations, where thinking takes place, where feelings and images lead a life of their own. In certain instances, this appears quite true. One only needs to close his eyes and follow the motions of his mind. Indeed, it is not I that think; instead, a certain stimulus appears in me in the form of thought. It is just like in a dream: I do not decide to imagine something. Dreamlike images lead a life of their own in this being called myself. I am but an onlooker and observer.

The human being is not acting after having first made conscious decisions. Our body is behaving directly. It has learned to behave mostly by imitating the behavior of significant others, especially the parents. This kind of silent knowledge is inherited from hundreds of years ago. The dreams, the stories, and the fairy tales help to make at least part of that knowledge conscious. They also help to move hints of that kind of behavior and knowledge from thousand years ago.

Contents in brief

The first chapter is an enlarged introduction incorporating a study of the essence of mythical tradition and its relationship to dreams and the subconscious. The second chapter introduces the most essential archetypal actors as well as the scenes for dreams and myths. The third chapter presents a selected collection of fairytales and myths and some interpretations for these. The final part of the book includes an index referring the reader to an ancient myth or fairytale that forms the basis for his dream or the tale created by him. In case the book is adopted as a tool for a better understanding of oneself, the reader is advised to make use of the preface ’How to use this book for self-knowledge’.

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Find Your True Self through Your Fantasies and Dreams

by Olavi Moilanen, Ph.D, published by Atophill in USA 2009

The book is available in bookstores and also by Amazon bookstore