We would do well to abandon from the start any attempt to apply ready-made solutions and warmed-up generalities of which the patient knows just as much as the doctor. Long experience has taught me not to know anything in advance and not to know better, but to let the unconscious take precedence. Our instincts have ridden so infinitely many times, unharmed, over the problems that arise in life that we may be sure the transformation process which makes the transition possible have long been prepared in the unconscious and are only waiting to be released.

– C.G. Jung, CW 9-I, par. 528   

Jungian analysis is a psychotherapeutic process that utilizes theories and methods developed by the Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Gustav Jung. Jungian analysis or psychotherapy investigates the conscious and unconscious psyche in order to help remove or mitigate troubling symptoms or blocks to a healthy and fulfilling life. Jung believed that the origin of most symptoms or blocks lies in the unconscious, therefore, an attempt to access what the “unconscious has to say” through dreams, associations, and fantasies is an important aspect of this kind of psychotherapy. Attention to conscious thoughts and feelings and to the everyday aspects of one’s life are also important areas of focus. Jung did not promote rigid techniques; he believed the process of psychological development to be unique to each individual. Therefore, a Jungian analysis will vary considerably according to the needs of each client.

All psychoanalysts, including Jungian analysts, look for the cause of one’s present difficulties in childhood, past experiences, and in the personal unconscious. In addition, Jungian analysts look for meaning hidden in current problems as help in finding direction for one’s ongoing life and to connect with the larger meaning of life. Jungian analysts investigate both the personal and the collective unconscious.

  • Jungian analysts put emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.
  • Jungian analysts are active in the therapeutic dialogue.
  • Jungian analysts will look to the unconscious (fantasies and dreams) as a guide in the overall process.
  • Jungian analysts work with archetypal imagery and look to dreams and patterns of one’s life through mythological parallels.
  • Jungian analysis is viewed as a collaborative process.

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