Jung's Methods in Psychotherapy
Jung's method in psychotherapy follows
the Freud's one, as he often admitted. In rare cases, when Freudian approach of the psyche is not sufficient, Jung would apply also a complementary method that should guide the patient to a personal confrontation with
the collective unconscious and its
This confrontation aims at the assimilation of archetypal images, in short, the individuation - an extensive process that leads to the realization of the wholeness made of the conjunction of the consciousness and the unconscious. In common terms, it is all about an extension of the ego to include elements brought by the archetypes.
Jungian psychotherapy makes use of the following techniques:
Free Associations Test
Test used in psychotherapeutic treatment that consists of recording the average response time to certain stimulus-words. The patient is asked to answer to the
inducted words pronounced by the analyst with any word that comes to his mind. The response time can be an indicator of the activated unconscious complexes.
Up to a point, Jung's dream interpretation method follows the Freud's one, including the free associations, subject level, retrospective approach
. But he later added several new concepts, such as the amplification of dream content, the idea that the dream brings a compensation to the one-sided individual ego, and its
finality that aims at the the psychic wholeness. Learn more...
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Jung invited his patients to let all the things flow in their mind. That is, the inner
fantasies must flow freely while the patient must proceed not as a detached and contemplative viewer, nor as a psychotherapist, but as an actor that takes part in
his/her fantasies, that plays a role in them. The fantasies are products of the unconscious and must be fully integrated consciously. Learn more.
A large part of dream interpretation technique at Jung consists in symbol analysis. It aims at the integration of the unconscious contents and the extension of conscious mind. Learn
Playing, painting, building and other such activities may lead one to
explore and manifest his unconscious contents. In painting one may express a visual representation of the wholeness. Also in building, one may relieve his inner creative
forces blocked or inhibited by his one-sided moral or ethical values. See also mandala.
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