[Tierney] also describes Loughner as being obsessed with “lucid dreaming”—that is, the idea that conscious dreams are an alternative reality that a person can inhabit and control—and says Loughner became “more interested in this world than our reality.” Tierney adds, “I saw his dream journal once. That’s the golden piece of evidence. You want to know what goes on in Jared Loughner’s mind, there’s a dream journal that will tell you everything.”
What better place to start with a Jungian view of the Jared Loughner than to start with dreams… More than any other psychological theorist, Jung wrote extensively about dreams.
Some of the first news out in this event was this interview in Mother Jones with a friend of Jared’s: Mr. Tierney immediately mentioned the journal of dreams, “the golden evidence.”
I doubt that Mr. Tierney has a knowledge of alchemy, yet here is a reference to Jung’s major interest in his last decades. Jung recognized that alchemy was psychological process with the goal of finding the “Gold” within the personality, of transmuting the base metal of every day suffering into an eternal, shining and valuable substance.