Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung did not "make" dreams.
They analyzed the dreams of their patients, (and themselves) in an attempt to understand a symbolic and image-laden language of the subconscious--quite a different matter from the unconscience..
"but often isnít a dream just a dream,
perhaps a way for the mind to entertain itself?"
That possibility was er, entertained and eventually dismissed by both, in fact, in variant differing degrees as a classification of dreamstage, most famously recognizable now by REM (rapid eye movement) stages. (I used to enjoy my Windows '98 program--I liked to watch it "de-frag", simply because I imagined that various shuffling and re-filing as very much the way a human brain works--sorting the days information)
I don't think either espoused the idea that it was mere "entertainment" for an "unconscious mind". In fact, Freud was most strident in his belief that dreams were expressions of (subconcious) desire that found a voice, (thus, an indication of conscious repression) albeit through sometimes seemingly "chaosed" imagery.
"Also dreams are often more interesting than events in normal life"
No offense, but speak for yourself. I'm sure I can't say what sort of life you're living, but personally, my dreams are welcome respite. And that ain't 'cause my life is boring. (although recently I did have one about St. Michael on an escalator which gave me some pause.*shudder*)
But, I'll not bore you with that, because interest is entirely subjective to an audience, and that audience happens to be me. So I hereby rest my case on the entertainment argument.
"and yet how many do we recall even shortly thereafter?"
sigh. Now how is that even possible to ascertain?
that the conscious mind readily discounts them."
Either put your subject before the predicate or add the appropriate interrogatory punctuation. The way it stands, it asks nothing. (Or are you offering your opinion here? Because I'd welcome that yanno.)
how much of events while awake are we capable of remembering?"
Either way, it is co-relative. Remembering my waking day depends upon how my electrolytes are doing, and if those synapses are zapping ze proper connections. We are basically a bag of chemicals, dependant on the ingestion of "proper" chemicals for maximum performance. And I agree with good humor that some of us are more chemically challenged than others. (heh, chemically challenged--don't suppose I could get that one entered into the politically correct dictionary, eh?)
I do suggest though, that perhaps some dreams offer up a logical formula to that--i.e., perhaps a giant pink copulating bunny might be the emotional equivalent to the variant in the balance of that day's particular constant of a
"stress" puzzle. Or perhaps Freud was right, in that a giant pink copulating bunny was a remnant of an "energizer" battery commercial that conveniently expresses my frustration. (And uh, yeah, I think all frustration was sexual according to Siggy. And yes, I know he said "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." But let's take into account the man loved cigars. )
"How much of any randomly chosen day in your life one
or more years ago could you in detail recall?"
For that to be truly random, someone else would have to choose a date, and it would be unlikely that I could recall a damned thing on demand by date. Ask me what color panties I wore to the prom, and I'd give you a definitive answer. Ask me what happened on August 22, 1973, and you'll get nothing.
I like to think it's because of that fault-line in our basic computer-brain, that our psychologists interpret dreams as language of subconscious, as an attempt to bridge the two hemispheres. I could remember my prom panties (had I worn any) because that is an emotional cue. Ask me the date of the prom, and I'll offer up a shrug.
The study of dreams offers up a marriage of emotion and the fact-gathering intellect. I think it's a shame to dismiss that offering as a frivolity of mere "entertainment".
But your following response leads me to wonder:
"What is interesting
is being in a dream
when you know, in the dream,
that youíre dreaming."
Are you referring to lucid dreaming? And if you are, have you experienced that?
And if you have, would you indulge me further with an example from your personal experience?
And just one more thing here, all of this conversation is offered in the simple spirit of sharing. Y'see, I'd had a problem (still do, obviously) with sleep due to recurring nightmares. One day, though, I recognized that my dreams (even the nice ones) evolved into the horrific when I had slept too long, or too...heavily.
So yes, I have to agree with Antero Alli:
Children have nightmares in order to wake up.