Have you ever found yourself wondering why certain patterns seem to keep repeating in your life? Or why you feel drawn to certain people or experiences? According to Jungian psychotherapy, these patterns may be connected to universal archetypes that exist within the collective unconscious. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the foundations, assumptions, and key concepts of Jungian psychotherapy to help you understand this approach and how it might benefit you.
What is Jungian Psychotherapy?
Jungian psychotherapy is a type of psychodynamic therapy that was developed by Carl Jung, a pioneer of depth psychology. Jung worked with Sigmund Freud, but the two had a falling out in 1913 due to their differing views on the unconscious. While Freud focused on the personal unconscious, Jung believed in a larger, deeper unconscious that contained inherited patterns common to all humanity, known as archetypes.
Jung believed that there were no limits to the number of archetypes, but he did identify four major archetypes that are universally recognized: the persona, the shadow, the Self, and the anima/animus.
The persona is the image we present to the world, shaped by the expectations of our parents, teachers, and society. The shadow consists of the parts of ourselves that we hide or repress because they are considered unacceptable. The Self is the organizing principle behind the whole personality, whose purpose is self-realization and wholeness. The anima pertains to the “feminine” qualities of the male psyche, while the animus represents the “masculine” qualities in females. Jungian psychotherapy posits that all men have feminine components in their psyche and vice versa, and that conflicts between the anima/animus can limit our potential.
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