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Projections: Navigating the Darkness

”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 [...]

By |2021-03-01T05:29:46-08:00March 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on Projections: Navigating the Darkness

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

      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 [...]

By |2021-02-01T06:06:29-08:00February 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on Libido Theory: The Bedrock of C.G. Jung’s Psychological System

Individuation: Navigating the Road Home (Part 1)

      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

     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 [...]

Archetypes

     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 [...]

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

The Self: The Archetype of Wholeness

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 [...]

By |2020-08-13T18:57:02-07:00August 13th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science, Spirituality, The unknown|Comments Off on The Self: The Archetype of Wholeness

The Shadow: Mining for Black Gold

“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 [...]

By |2020-09-13T21:09:44-07:00July 25th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, Spirituality, The unknown|Comments Off on The Shadow: Mining for Black Gold

Ego: The Nexus of Personal Identity

     People often use the term ego. The word is often associated with selfishness or overconfidence. An egotistic person, for instance, is considered brash, pompous, and overly boastful. We have all heard the cliché: “Your ego is writing is writing checks that [...]

Persona: The Masks We Wear

       Another key idea in Jung’s psychology is the persona. In Latin, the term refers to the mask of an actor. Jung viewed this word as a descriptor apropos of his concept. Social conventions and cultural demands require that we [...]

By |2020-06-14T10:18:36-07:00June 14th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Military, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on Persona: The Masks We Wear

Anima/Animus: The Capacity to Relate

        As discussed in a previous blog, an archetype is an organizer of experience, which gives rise to a basic pattern of psychic functioning. Jung’s concepts of anima and animus (i.e., syzygy) are two of the most important, and [...]

By |2020-05-24T18:02:20-07:00May 24th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science|Comments Off on Anima/Animus: The Capacity to Relate