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Get ready for JP’s Jungian Play Therapy Conference in September!

 Do you know these Jungian terms?

Active imagination. Method of assimilation of unconscious contents through their experimentation as fantasies in the wakeful state.

Amplification. Method of association in the interpretation of dreams based on comparative studies of mythology, religion, fairy tales, alchemy, astrology etc.

Anima. The archetype of female in man.

*Archetype.  Innate mechanisms of perceiving and responding. Archetypes are manifested through symbols in dreams and fantasies and are evidenced through universal experiences (such as birth, life, death, marriage, fatherhood, isolation).

Assimilation. The process of conscious integration of the contents of the personal and collective unconscious. The assimilation is the result of conscious elaboration (insight) in the psychotherapeutic process.

*Collective unconscious. Distinctive from the personal unconscious, consists in archetypes or primordial images.  Consists of universal images that transcend ad individual’s personal experience.

Compensation. A natural process of reestablishing a certain balance in the psyche.

Complex. An emotionally charged group of ideas or images.

Dream. Spontaneous and natural manifestation of the psychic.

*Inflation. Means by which children inflate ego in order to engage complex issues.

*Individuation. Complex process of synthesis of the self which consists mainly of the union of the unconscious with the conscious. Characterizes a progress form psychic fragmentation towards wholeness –the acknowledgement and reconciliation of opposites.

Persona. Mask of the Ego, its social expression, the way the others see us.

Personal unconscious. The Freudian unconscious, made of repressed wishes, distinctive from the collective (archetypal) unconscious.

Projection. Autonomous process by which features (usually repressed) of the Ego are assigned to other people (external objects).

Self. The archetype of psychic totality, according to Jung.

Shadow. Containing repressed parts of the human personality, the shadow is the counterpart of the Freudian unconscious. The shadow is an archetypal content.

Symbol. Unlike the Freudian definition, the symbol for Jung is the representation of something unfamiliar in the psychic, usually an instance of the Self (or the central archetype).

*Temenos: A protective space. Jungian play therapists view the playroom as such, where children can play, free from the pressure of the outer world.

Transcendent function. Arises from the meeting of the consciousness and the unconscious. It is a psychic process of transition from the stagnant attitude of the patient to a new and better one inspired by the constructive (symbolic) analysis of the unconscious contents that manifest in dreams. The psychotherapist mediates this process.

Unconscious. Basic concept in the Jungian psychology, including both personal and collective unconscious, denotes a psychic strata that is not immediately accessible to the conscious mind.

Wholeness. Psychic stage in which the union of the unconscious with the consciousness has been achieved. It is the final aim of Jung’s psychotherapy.



Carl Jung Resources: http://www.carl-jung.net/index.html

*J.P. Lilly’s Past Presentations

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