Why Jungian Analysis
People usually often turn to Jungian analysis when they are interested in healing at depth. Sometimes something has happened which has caused them to question how they have been living—and if there might be a better way. Sometimes they have read some of the works of Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung. Jung believed that each person’s psyche is striving toward becoming more whole or complete. He believed that psychological symptoms develop when the person’s journey toward selfhood is blocked by old learnings, self-limiting habits, fear of the unknown, or fear of being rejected by important loved ones. He believed that people who develop psychological pain are living a one-sided life, only living out part of who they are. Human beings all have enormous untapped potential. Much of this great energy lies in a region which we call the Unconscious. This part of us is accessible through the exploration of dreams, creative imagination, examination of mythic stories, fairy tales, which have captured our attention over time.
Jungian analysis involves an active dialog between the client and the analyst.
Sometimes, this conversation becomes quite animated as each participant contributes new and exciting ingredients into the psychological caldron. The basic idea is that the analyst and the client can discover more together than either one of them could separately.
The main goal of Jungian analysis is individuation or self-actualization.
In analysis the individual gradually discovers parts of herself/himself that have been forgotten, disowned or other wise split-off from the main personality. When this part is rejoined with the main personality, the individual experiences a feeling of having been transformed. S/he feels an increase of energy, a feeling of wellbeing, a feeling of greater completeness, and a sense that the future holds more possibilities than was previously imagined. Often there is renewed sense of meaning. The process does not end here but this is a good start.