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Active Imagination: The Interior Vision

By |2021-04-10T22:06:57-07:00April 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, The unknown, Uncategorized|

Active imagination is a method devised by C. G. Jung to engage, interpret, and integrate fantasy-images and other subliminal contents that arise from the unconscious. Jung originally referred to the method as spontaneous fantasy or non-directed thinking. Jung (1928) suggested that [...]

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Projections: Navigating the Darkness

By |2021-03-01T05:29:46-08:00March 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science, The unknown|

”The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out [...]

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Libido Theory: The Bedrock of C.G. Jung’s Psychological System

By |2021-02-01T06:06:29-08:00February 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Science, The unknown|

      The purpose of this blog article is to examine the concept of libido through the lens of C. G. Jung’s psychology and in contradistinction to Sigmund’s Freud’s (Fig. 1) conception and formulation of libido. The term libido is often misunderstood because [...]

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Individuation: Navigating the Road Home (Part 2)

By |2021-01-01T17:00:54-08:00January 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Spirituality, The unknown|

     In part one of this blog, we discussed the origins of the term individuation and its development as a central idea in the psychology of C.G. Jung. Having explored where Jung acquired the idea, we can arrive at a [...]

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Individuation: Navigating the Road Home (Part 1)

By |2020-12-02T06:46:53-08:00December 1st, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, The unknown|

      In previous blogs, we have discussed some of the most notable ideas proposed by the psychologist C.G. Jung, which include typology, complexes, the psyche, archetypes, the soul-image, the unconscious, the ego, the shadow, the persona, the symbol, and the self. Given [...]

The Symbol: A Gateway to the Unconscious

By |2020-11-06T08:27:25-08:00November 6th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science|

     In analytical psychology, the symbol plays an important role in the development of the personality. C. G. Jung (1921/1971) suggested that a symbol “is the best possible expression for something that cannot be expressed otherwise than by a more or less [...]

What the Culture Wars can learn from the Army: A Jungian Perspective

By |2020-10-09T15:03:17-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Current Events, Jungian Psychology, Military, Personal Development, Politics, Practical Ideas, The unknown|

     The year 2020 began in typical fashion before a pandemic abruptly broke out followed by sporadic periods of civil unrest. In my state of California, the bad turned to worst with a surge of wildfires that wreaked havoc on [...]

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Archetypes

By |2020-09-13T16:59:36-07:00September 13th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science|

     Archetypes are one of the key ideas in the Jungian lexicon. In fact, they are integral to most of the other big ideas (e.g., complexes, collective unconscious, dreams, etc.) in his psychology. However, they remain a concept that is ambiguous and [...]

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The Self: The Archetype of Wholeness

By |2020-08-13T18:57:02-07:00August 13th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science, Spirituality, The unknown|

Figure 1. Carl Jung          As discussed in a previous blog, the ego consists of the personal center of the psyche, however, C. G. Jung (Figure 1) conjectured the existence of another psychic center, a transpersonal [...]

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The Shadow: Mining for Black Gold

By |2020-09-13T21:09:44-07:00July 25th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, Spirituality, The unknown|

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Figure 1: The Shadow (Walter Gibson)      In the early 1930s, the Shadow appeared in a detective magazine of the same name. The pulp [...]

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