"From the point of view of the depth psychologist, the primary goal in practice is to establish in the person with whom he is working a sensitivity to the inward process of the psyche. . . . To achieve this requires some continuity of personal psychological work in order to develop an intuitive sense and familiarity with what is taking place at the depth of the psyche, and above all, to develop a sensitivity to the symbolic style in which the movements in the psyche are expressed."
—Ira Progoff, the Symbolic and the Real: A New Psychological Approach to the Fuller Experience of Personal Existence 61 (New York: McGraw-Hill Paperback ed., 1973) (1963)
"[T]he psychoanalytic aim is to observe the shadowy presentations—whether in the form of images or of feelings—that are spontaneously evolved in the unconscious psyche and appear without bidding to the man who looks within. In this way we find once more things that we have repressed or forgotten. Painful though it may be, this is in itself a gain—for that is inferior or even worthless belongs to me as my shadow and gives me substance and mass. . . . I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole; and inasmuch as I become conscious of my shadow I also remember that I am a human being like any other. . . . [T]his rediscovery of that which makes me whole restores the condition which preceded the neurosis or the splitting off of the complex."
—C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul 40-41 (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1939)
"About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. . . .
It is difficult to treat patients of this particular kind by rational methods, because they are in the main socially well-adapted individuals of considerable ability . . . . As for so-called normal people, I am even worse off in their regard, for I have no ready-made life-philosophy to hand out to them. In the majority of my cases, the resources of consciousness have been exhausted; the ordinary express for this situation is: 'I am stuck.' It is chiefly this fact that forces me to look for hidden possibilities. For I do not know what to say to the patient when, he asks me: 'What do you advice? What shall I do?' I do not know any better than he. I know only one thing: that when to my conscious outlook there is no possible way of going ahead, and I am therefore 'stuck,' my unconscious will react to the unbearable standstill.
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In such cases, therefore, my attention is directed more particularly to dreams. This is not because I am tied to the notion that dreams must always be called to the rescue, or because I possess a mysterious dream-theory which tells me how everything must shape itself; but quite simply from perplexity. I do not know where else to go for help, and so I try to find it in dreams; these at lest present us with images pointing to something or other, and that is at any rate better than nothing. I have no theory about dreams; I do not know how dreams arise. I am altogether in doubt as to whether my way of handling dreams even deserves the name of 'method.'"
—Jung, Modern Man in Search of Soul, at 70-71
C.G. Jung on Therapy [online text]
Why Explore Jungian Psychology? [online text]
Class Viewing 1: What is Depth Psychology? [1:50 mins.] [Stephen Aizenstat, founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute]
Class Viewing 2: James Hollis: Commenting on Analytical Psychology [2:16 mins.] [James Hollis is a Jungian analyst at the Jung Center of Houston] [Hollis talks about taking up Jungian psychology and on the nature of "depth psychology"; reference to the soul, and the need to live our lives more consciously; reference to the "shadow"; reference to statement that Jung made about neurosis] [active imagination]
Class Viewing 3: June Singer: Boundaries of the Soul [7:30 mins.] [Jeffrey Mishlove, Thinking Allowed] [end presentation at 2:18 mins.] [begins her comments talking individuation and Jungian analysis; later reference to soul and "totality of the person"]
Class Viewing 4: Thom F. Cavalli on "The Self" [4:49 mins.] [a Jungian psychologist talks about the self and the ego]
Class Viewing 5: Teaching Jungian Psychotherapy [6:04 mins.] [Frank Echenhofer, Professor of Clinical Psychology & Tanya Wilkinson, Professor of Clinical Psychology, California Institute of Intregal Studies] [Echenhofer talks about Jung's practical approach to inner experience that he called "active imagination"; an expressive method] [Wilkinson talks about Jung's idea of the self; the undeveloped part or parts of the self]
Class Viewing 6: What Happens in Analysis? [10:13 mins.] [John Betts, a Victoria, Canada Jungian psychoanalyst, discusses what happens in Jungian analytic sessions; analysis address many of the core issues in life; ultimately, what we are trying to address "what is the psyche pointing you toward" ("what is the meaning you give to the way you live"; we need to know not just what the ego is saying, but how the unconsciously is symbolically representing itself] [The John Betts commentary can, for class purposes, end at 4:29 mins.]
Class Viewing 7: Psychotherapy Based on Depth Psychology [8:08 mins.] [Lionel Corbett] [full version of the interview :: 28:59 mins]
On Jungian Analysis and Analysts
In reading and thinking about Jung, I have always found Jungian analysts talking about their work with patients a grounded way of approaching Jung's ideas about the psyche and the unconscious. A book in this genre of Jung literature I recommend is June Singer's Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung's Psychology (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1972). Additional works by Jungian analysts about their work include: J. Marvin Spiegelman (ed.), Jungian Analysts: Their Visions and Vulnerabilities (Phoenix: Falcon Press, 1988); Murray Stein (ed.), Jungian Analysis (Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala, 1982).