Self-Analysis in Dream Exploration

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Critical Analysis #2
“Self-Analysis through Dream Exploration”

They say the eyes are the window to your soul, however Schmida’s process essay “Self Analysis through Dream Exploration” suggests otherwise. Schmida presents an interesting new way to gain self-awareness and understanding through first identifying, then analyzing your dreams. She uses clear, thorough explanations to takes us step by step through the process of becoming your own professional dream analyst. She is quick to establish a light, conversational tone and uses her voice to develop credibility throughout the essay, though she is careful to keep the terms understandable for her intended audience. Although Schmida exceeds the criteria for her engaging process essay, her weak conclusion is below standards. Firstly, from the first sentence of this article Schmida establishes a sort of conversational tone that is carried throughout the process. In her opening statement, she directly addresses the audience by asking if they associate the words the words psychiatry, psychology, and therapy with Happiness, Love, and Freedom. By asking direct questions and constantly engaging the reader through dialogue, Schmida’s essay develops an informal tone. Even though, this process shares the same orderly logicality of a well-structured informal essay, the almost conversational tone suggests otherwise. Whether or not this was the intended outcome is unknown, however the relaxed tone unexpectedly suits the article and makes for a more engaging read.

Moreover, the effective use of the author’s voice establishes credibility throughout the essay. With ample information on dreams provided in her essay, Schmida seems like the expert. This contributes to establishing a credible voice that readers can trust and believe in. “You might talk for hours with confidants, read every self-help book on the shelf, and try every form of stress-release out there, including exercise, meditation, weekend retreats,...
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