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Jung Theories

Most of the Jung's theories regarding the structure and exploration of the psyche are covered in this site through themes and key-concepts (see the list below).

First of all, you should know that Jung's approach of psyche has many sources of inspiration. We list some of them below:

    1. Jung's experience with the psychotics at the Burgholzli hospital under the guidance of Dr. Bleuler, mostly known because of his work on schizophrenia

    2. Jung's own experiences with his association method;

    3. Jung cooperation with Freud and his experience with the Freudian psychoanalysis;

    4. Jung's exploration of the unconscious after he left Freud and the Psychoanalytic Association during his own confrontation with the archetypes and the Self;

    5. The insight gained from his studies on alchemical, astrological works, I Ching and the Eastern philosophies as well.

    (-> See also stages in the life of Jung.)


The basic and most fascinating theories of Jung are dealt with in the following sections of this site:

    => Collective Unconscious
    This term describe a psychic collective stratum consisting in archetypes. strata
    Are the contents of the collective unconscious.
    Individuation Process
    Described by Jung, refers to an autonomous development of individual psyche leading to a more complex and complete ego-identity.
    As Jung himself stated, alchemical woks and symbolism are the historical proof of his individuation process
    Coined by Jung, this concept refers to the acausal coincidence of psychic and material events.
    I Ching
    The ancient Chinese divinatory book has been used by Jung both as a divinatory means and a illustration of his archetypes and synchronicity theories.

    Jung and Dreams pictureDream Interpretation
    A great deal of inspiration brought Jung in regard to the dream interpretation method. First of all, he applied the
    compensation concept and the prospective approach to the theory of dreams.

    Concerning the interpretation technique, Jung added more features such as the amplification method consisting in finding additional material to the dream associations drawn from mythology, folklore, religion and so forth. This way he enlarged the genuine content of the dream to include more images and symbols that further help us understand its meaning. Learn more about his method here .


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