Jungian Analysis | E therapy

Jungian analysis

This is part of the psychoanalytic therapies. Jung, unlike Freud says that the motivation is not sexual, but based on a ‘personal unconscious’ and a ‘collective unconscious’ symbolised by ‘archetypes’ – a generalised set of ideas of experience that applies to all humans, eg. the mother, the hero, the child.

The Jungian therapist helps the client to explore the parts of self that are not allowed into conscious awareness. This type of therapist believes human development is not restricted to childhood but is something that occurs throughout life, this Jung called ‘individuation’. The therapist uses ideas about the ‘shadow’ (the animal aspects of humans) to enable clients to understand the aspects of their personality that will need to be worked with. This therapy values the unconscious and works with word associations, dreams and fantasy. Jung was influenced by many ideas from the Judeo-Christian religion and spirituality.

The purpose of the therapy is to free the individual from the internal world and relate better in the external world and flourish. For example, when a client needs to break a vicious cycle where he or she views kindness, love and generosity as tricks and traps, this keeps them in an emotionally deprived place and leads to paranoia. The therapist will help the client to recognise these maladaptive patterns and then change them into healthy ones.

This works well with adults. This is long-term therapy. The therapist will need to have had a first-hand experience of analysis to be of service to the client.