Who is C.G. Jung and why is his approach important? Jung was a pioneer depth psychotherapist, and developed his own highly original approach to psychology.
Jung emphasized what he called individuation, the force in life that moves an individual to become truly and uniquely themselves. Jung stressed that this was a journey towards wholeness, not perfection. He also stressed that this is a distinctive, one-of-a-kind journey for every human being. An important part of that journey is coming to terms with the unacknowledged parts of ourselves that are in the unconscious mind. For Jung, the meaning and healing we are seeking are within us, but we need the right kind of help to get in touch with it, and to make it part of our conscious awareness.
CONNECTING WITH YOUR UNCONSCIOUS
Jung asserted that he unconscious part of ourselves continually influences us, appearing in dreams, in reactions to everyday situations, and in products of the imagination. Dreams can be more intelligent and more perceptive than the conscious mind.
Jungians encourage psychotherapy clients to try to remember their dreams, and to draw, paint or sculpt clay as a part of the process of Jungian therapy. The depth psychotherapist knows that the unconscious can reveal itself just as truly through the very basic drawings and paintings of a non-artist as through the work of Michelangelo.
WHAT IS TRYING TO EMERGE IN YOUR LIFE?
Dreams, art and the varied religious and cultural expressions of humanity all utilize symbols. By identifying and understanding these symbols, we can gain insight into what is trying to emerge from the unconscious into our lives. A depth psychotherapist is highly attuned and attentive to the individual manner in which symbols point the way on the journey towards wholeness for a particular unique person.
Jungian therapy emphasizes that becoming conscious of the unconscious parts of ourselves is an essential element of the journey to wholeness. It’s a healing approach to the whole human being that meets the needs of many modern people. Could a Jungian approach be for you?