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  • Individual Psychotherapy & Hope: 4 Jungian Truths

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    Hope is key to individual case studies — especially for the Jungian therapist.  It is always true that the hope of the client is going to be essential to the healing process of the psyche.  But, especially in an age like ours, with the continual struggle that many face to keep hope alive, hope becomes even more crucial.

    1)  Hope from Within, Not Without

    We tend to look outward for hope, to external realities.  However, the truth is, that we will not be able to experience a sense of hope from outer events, unless we first experience hope within ourselves, in the form of some new possibility for being.  If we can meet possibilities in ourselves — for real feeling, for love, for a deepened sense of self-esteem, for living some hitherto unlived form of life — then we can begin to trust and hope outwardly.

    2)  I have a Unique Individual Identity; Others See That I’m Real

    One of the deep changes that can come through individual case studies can come from the reality of feeling listened to, and truly “seen” as we are.  As we experience ourselves through the other, we can come to realize that what we are is unique and unrepeatable.  I realize that “I” exist: that there is a wholeness, a reality and a persistence to me.

    3)  The Self is Greater than the Ego

    Not only is there a reality, a substantiality to me, I am also greater than I know.  I am greater than my idea of myself.  Outside of my conscious self  is the vastness of the unconscious self, full of aspects of my being that are yet to be explored, the realm of dream, myth and symbol.  When I can enter a dialogue with this vast inner sea, and discover how it responds to, and is connected with, my conscious self, there is a sense that, as Walt Whitman put it, “I am large; I contain worlds.”

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    4) The Psyche Has the Inner Wisdom to Heal Itself

    The vast reality of psyche is revealed in dreams and other manifestations.  In ways often unknown to me, psyche is striving to solve its own dilemmas, and to heal itself.  Part of me, hidden from consciousness, knows how to begin to heal itself, and knows where it is going.  The challenge of individual case studies is to unlock that inner wisdom of the self, and to move in harmony with it.


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    © 2011 Brian Collinson
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    1. jamenta


      November 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm -
      1. Brian C
        November 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm -

        “But it is not this day!… This day we fight!”


        Thank you for that, John!

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