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Jungian Method

Originating in the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung early in the 20th century, Jungian therapy focuses more on the source of a problem than on the manifestations or symptoms. Jung believed dreams to be a normal and creative expression of one’s unconscious mind. Asserting that dreams serve a compensatory function, Jung stated that dreams reflect issues that are unexpressed during waking life. He thus believed that dreams can provide a vital means of uniting the conscious and unconscious by making dreamers aware of hidden feelings. In combination with what he called the “collective unconscious,” or natural traits that affect everyone, result in an imbalance between conscious awareness and the unconscious mind that has a detrimental effect on one’s emotional life. In analysis, one must explore the deep-rooted causes of relationship problems and blocked emotions to achieve “individuation,” or wholeness. If one tries simply to relieve the symptoms, the issues will not be resolved and are bound to resurface.

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
— Carl Jung