Jungian Analysis is a form of psychoanalysis based on the writings of the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung. The goal of analysis is the integration of the total personality, which involves creating dialogues between ego consciousness and the unconscious processes of the psyche. Ego consciousness refers to the deliberate processes of discernment, reflection, deliberation, interpretation and choice that most of us assume is the normal way of operating during waking hours. Ego consciousness is the term we use for what you are doing right now as you read, interpret, and dialogue with these words. The unconscious processes of the psyche refers to the automatic functions of the psyche that we refer to when using words such as instinct and reflex. These are the hardware and software of the psyche, so to speak. Other terms for unconscious processes are synaptic plasticity, molecular metamorphosis, or simply brain chemistry.

Dialogues between the conscious ego and unconscious processes are essential for three main reasons:

  1. Interactions between the two modify each
  2. Unconscious processes are up and running long before ego consciousness forms
  3. Life experiences that overwhelm the ego are dealt with by the unconscious

To understand the influence of unconscius processes on its perceptions and behavior, the ego must learn to interpret its manifestations. Affects, fantasies, and dreams can be very useful grounds for learning about the unconscious. Folktales, myths and popular culture can also be of use.

Both Seattle and Olympia have Jung Societies that offer programs to the public. Information about the Jung Society of Olympia may be found at the link (jso) to the left.

Send mail to: jrv@u.washington.edu
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