I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology
Dr. Carl Gustav Jung is the founder of analytical psychology and one of the great thinkers in history. Dr. Sigmund Freud viewed the much younger man, Dr. Jung, as the heir to psychoanalysis and the individual who would advance the new science. However, they had differing views and this led to Jung separating from Freud and forming analytical psychology.
Central to Dr. Jung’s work is the concept of individuation. Individuation is the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual’s conscious and unconscious elements. He developed the concept of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and a personal favorite of mine, synchronicity.
I do not use analytical psychology in my forensic and clinical practice, however, I am rather fond of the modality due to the spiritual and mythological basis upon which Jung developed his techniques. Jung considered analytical psychology as a focus on the roll of symbolic and spiritual experiences in human life. Moreover, analytical psychology is forged from Jung’s theory of the archetypes and the existence of a deep psychic space or collective unconscious.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Jung and analytical psychology, I highly recommend visiting the website of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.
Til we meet again…