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Spiritual Aspects of Jungian Analytical Psychology: Individuation, Jung's Psychological Equivalent of a Spiritual Journey

Joseph P. Wagenseller

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199729920.013.0019

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Spiritual Aspects of Jungian Analytical Psychology: Individuation, Jung's Psychological Equivalent of a Spiritual Journey

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This chapter includes a brief description of the life and work of Carl Gustav Jung, MD, with particular attention to his personal experience of the objective psyche and its articulation into a theoretical framework. Special emphasis is placed upon the transpersonal/spiritual dimension of the psyche and the applicability of Jung's theory and practice to achieve a dynamic relationship with the self. The individual's experience with the transpersonal aspect of the psyche is illustrated with examples from symptoms, dreams, and the phenomenon of synchronicity. Jung's psychological equivalent of a spiritual journey, known as the individuation process, is described and illustrated as an option for those for whom other, perhaps more traditional religious faiths and practices are no longer meaningfully effective. In conclusion, recommendations are made for future study and research.

Keywords: active imagination; analysis; archetype; individuation; individuation process; numinous; objective psyche; Self; synchronicity; transcendent function

Article.  14047 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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