Jungian Analysis

Jungian Analysis is an in-depth form of psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, based on the pioneering work of Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who questioned the limitations of the Freudian approach, and through scientific research originated the school of Analytical Psychology. Jung is considered one of the leading developers of the science and art of modern in-depth psychotherapy. Jungian analysis facilitates the development of consciousness and supports a deeper understanding and the development of oneself towards self-realization and wholeness.

In my experience of studying and practicing various methods of modern psychotherapy during the past three decades, the Jungian method is the most non-judgmental and compassionate approach towards working with people. It is a complex form of in-depth therapy, which can include other forms of psychotherapy. This mode of therapy can be relational, it can be archetypal, it can be developmental, it can be deeply spiritual, it can include active imagination, dream work, sand play, authentic movement, and other forms of creative art therapy. It can be any or a combination of the above methods and include approaches from other schools of psychotherapy, such as Self-psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and so on. Because it is the most comprehensive way of working with a person, it is also most adaptable to the needs and goals of the patient and is a very helpful approach towards a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties.

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Among Jung’s many major contributions is the notion of individuation, which involves the deeper process of self-realization, the process of becoming ourselves through inner integration and a deeper connection between the conscious and unconscious aspects of our psyche towards the development of wholeness. Another major contribution of Jung was the concept of the shadow and the integration of those parts of ourselves that we might reject or be unconscious of and experience as the despised, shameful, rejected, or annihilated parts of ourselves. The conscious process of acceptance and integration of these rejected or hidden parts of ourselves in psychotherapy can often lead to a connection to inner sources of creativity, self-empowerment, self-confidence, self-expression, integrity, wholeness and fulfillment.

One of the basic assumptions of the Jungian approach is that we all have the potential for growth and healing. Furthermore, the healing potential for growth and change is in the patient and it can also be experienced in the therapeutic relationship between the patient and the analyst. One of the goals of Jungian analysis can be a deeper understanding of oneself, through a deeper explorations of one’s dreams, fantasies, imagination and problems that one is faced with in daily life, especially patterns that are problematic, get us stuck and get in the way of being ourselves or growing further in life. This collaborative way of in-depth therapy can often lead to discovering our deeper potentials and then finding ways to express more who we are and become ourselves in our interactions with the outer world.

As Edinger, a Jungian analyst, has indicated, Jungian psychotherapy or analysis is both a science and an art. It is a science in the sense that it attempts to objectively and empirically address each client’s emotional and psychological difficulties by applying various theoretical approaches and the knowledge that so far has been gathered in working with the unconscious. It is an art in the sense that it depends on the depth of the inner development of the psychotherapist or the analyst to empathize, relate and deeply understand the complexities involved in each unique individual. Of course, the more skilled and developed the psychotherapist or the analyst is, the wider the possibilities are and the richer the work is. In conclusion, Jungian analysis can help us discover the deeper purpose and the meaning of our lives and help us live our daily lives in ways in which we can be more aligned with the deeper purpose to experience the infinite, the sacred, or that which is meaningful or numinous to each of us.

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