therapy focuses on the concept of individuation. Individuation is how a person grows and develops over time; it’s
like your calling or your purpose in this world. It’s who you were always meant to be, a seed of great potential
that lies buried deep inside of you. From a Jungian perspective, psychological maladies result from blocked potential (inhibited
individuation.) To the extent that we are unconscious and undeveloped, we are limited in our ability to respond productively,
creatively, and adaptively to life.
In fact, it was Jung’s feeling that the greater the split
between the conscious and unconscious mind, the greater the likelihood of neurotic disorders. For Jung, psychological symptoms
frequently signal the fact that our psyche is fragmented, unbalanced, and ill-adapted to reality. Jungian therapy helps us
wake up to the unconscious dynamics, the ways that we create our own suffering.
A unique aspect of Jungian therapy
is the understanding that what we need comes from within ourselves. Jungian psychology proposes that there is a creative wellspring
of wisdom hidden within each person’s psyche.
Jung felt that our unconscious is constantly striving
for balance. The unconscious is a positive force sending us messages, symbols that we fail to appreciate because we
don’t understand their meaning. Jung and his followers developed methods of dream interpretation, creative expression,
and creative imagination to help understand and integrate unconscious material. In Jungian therapy, the more we pay attention
to our inner life, the more often we can choose to live healthy, balanced lives.