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                      Jane Davenport Platko, MA. IAAP
                              Jungian Analyst

Carl Jung

                                                      "One cannot live from anything except what one is."

                                                                                                    C.G. Jung, CW 14



Carl Jung, (1875-1961) a Swiss psychiatrist, was one of the original contributors to the field of psychoanalysis. He was a colleague of Sigmund Freud's, though the two parted company around their incompatible views of the unconscious. Jung spent his life trying to make sense of inner experiences, including his own.


The individuation process plays a central role in Jung’s psychology. He described it as a lifelong process of human development and self realization involving the integration of the unconscious into consciousness. It is a path toward psychic wholeness, which evolves through holding and bearing the tension of the opposites within. These opposites include; masculine and feminine, thinking and feeling, joy and despair, body and spirit, and good and evil.


Central to the challenge of becoming more self aware is the problem of what Jung called the shadow. The shadow contains those parts of ourselves that we would rather not own and that more often than not we project onto others. The confrontation and transformation of the shadow is no small task. It requires not only recognizing these inferior, often less than kind parts of oneself, but also doing the work to change them.


Jung’s vision of the Self as an expression of a transcendent state within the unconscious psyche and his conviction that the relationship between man’s conscious self and this spiritual center is what gives life meaning has set Jungian psychology apart from other psychological schools of thought that are more secular in nature.


Through engaging with unconscious images through dreams and imagination, Jungian analysis deepens one’s comfort with and understanding of the symbolic language of the unconscious.




Jung spent his life plumbing the depths of the psyche, the mysterious realm that forever shifts just outside the reach of consciousness and science. In these archetypal depths, we touch into the oneness of humanity held in tenuous balance with the imperative of unique individuality.