Episode 40 – What’s Unique about Jungian Analysis?

Jan 3, 2019

How is Jungian analysis different from other psychotherapies? What are its major components and distinguishing features? And what makes it effective? Lisa, Deb, and Joseph discuss Jungian analysis as a nonlinear process that is not limited to problem-solving or reducing symptoms. Instead, Jungian analysis is grounded in an inherent capacity to grow into wholeness, a process Jung called individuation. Jungian analysis places a high value on all the processes and multiplicities of the unconscious, from symptoms to work with dreams, in order to facilitate the integration of denied or devalued aspects of the personality. The four particular stages of an analytic journey, which may overlap, are explained: catharsis, elucidation, education, and transformation—altogether an abiding fullness of being.

Here’s the dream we discuss:

“I’m in the front room of my home. It is a farmhouse with views from the room of rolling hills. I’m looking after my two young boys inside and the room is in chaos. An unexpected visitor enters the room, is my friend who is a vicar. We have children a similar age and I think he has come for a play date, but I realize he has turned up for a therapy session. He wants to discuss his addiction but I can’t focus as I need to look after the children. I also wonder how I have let this happen—he’s my friend and this is my home; I feel guilty I have let this happen. “

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  1. Wiggle Green

    Mind blowing! Thank you!

    • Gina

      Thank you for sharing this discussion. I have an interest in Jungian analysis and concepts and enjoyed hearing your experiences and ideas.

  2. Tara E Zanghi

    Curious can you reference the volume, pg of Jung’s statement “we do not solve our problems, we grow larger than them.” and his discussion on getting above what troubles us?


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