Jung on Active Imagination

Jung on Active Imagination

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by C. G. Jung
     
 

All the creative art psychotherapies (art, dance, music, drama, poetry) can trace their roots to C. G. Jung's early work on active imagination. Joan Chodorow here offers a collection of Jung's writings on active imagination, gathered together for the first time. Jung developed this concept between the years 1913 and 1916, following his break with Freud. During this

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All the creative art psychotherapies (art, dance, music, drama, poetry) can trace their roots to C. G. Jung's early work on active imagination. Joan Chodorow here offers a collection of Jung's writings on active imagination, gathered together for the first time. Jung developed this concept between the years 1913 and 1916, following his break with Freud. During this time, he was disoriented and experienced intense inner turmoil —he suffered from lethargy and fears, and his moods threatened to overwhelm him. Jung searched for a method to heal himself from within, and finally decided to engage with the impulses and images of his unconscious. It was through the rediscovery of the symbolic play of his childhood that Jung was able to reconnect with his creative spirit. In a 1925 seminar and again in his memoirs, he tells the remarkable story of his experiments during this time that led to his self-healing. Jung learned to develop an ongoing relationship with his lively creative spirit through the power of imagination and fantasies. He termed this therapeutic method "active imagination."

This method is based on the natural healing function of the imagination, and its many expressions. Chodorow clearly presents the texts, and sets them in the proper context. She also interweaves her discussion of Jung's writings and ideas with contributions from Jungian authors and artists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691015767
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/07/1997
Series:
Encountering Jung Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
349,009
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations used in notes
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Confrontation with the unconscious21
2The transcendent function42
3'The technique of differentiation between the ego and the figures of the unconscious'61
4Commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower73
5The aims of psychotherapy84
6A study in the process of individuation97
7The Tavistock lectures143
8The psychological aspects of the Kore154
9On the nature of the psyche158
10Three letters to Mr O. (1947)163
11Mysterium Coniunctionis166
12Foreword to van Helsdingen: Beelden uit het Onbewuste175
Afterword: Post-Jungian contributions177
Bibliography180
List of fantasies and visions186
Subject index188
Name index197

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