The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Anima Dreams, Personal Neurobiology, and Hispanic Identity with John Valenzuela, PhD

An anima dream series and personal neurobiology. Also Dreams about love and, just in time for Hispanic heritage month, Mexican American male identity formation. A conversation with John Valenzuela, PhD.

John describes that the anima and animus figures we meet in our dreams are autonomous spiritual beings AND also parts of us and that the gender distinction is probably a cultural artifact. We talk about the distinction between when a dream figure is a someone we know from waking life vs a stranger. John describes a few dream from his own anima series and talks about the way dreams reveal our “personality landscape.” He talks about the nine domains of integration from the work of Dan Siegal and says that dreams are helping with this integration. Those oh-so-common dreams of trying to find something are probably our own brains in the process of integration.

We take a call from Rochelle from San Diego who shares a dream series about her teeth falling out while on a date. We end by talking about John’s research into dreams and identity formation in Mexican American males.

BIO: John Valenzuela, earned his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Clinical Psychology program. His dissertation Psyche’s Response to the Intersections of Cultural Complexes: Mexican American Male Identity Formation explores dreams and their symbolic connections to Aztec culture. His dream work explores the intersections between Jungian archetypes and neuroscience.

Find our guest at: , IG: @integrated.dreamwork, LI: @john-valenzuela-ph-d-590b633

Show aired on September 16, 2023.

Intro music is Water over Stones and outro music is Everything both by Mood Science. Ambient music is created new every week by Rick Kleffel. The audio can be found at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show and to Tony Russomano for answering the phones.


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