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Pioneered by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, Depth Psychology is the study of how we dialogue with the Unconscious via symbols, dreams, myth, art, nature. By paying attention to the messages that show up from beyond our conscious egos, we can be guided to greater understanding, transformation, and integration with the world around us, inner and outer. Join the conversation in community at
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Possession: ideas inspired by Jung

Possession: ideas inspired by Jung | Depth Psych |

C. G. Jung, the great doctor of the soul and one of the most inspired psychologists of the twentieth century, had incredible insight into what is currently playing out, both individually and collectively, in our modern-day world. He writes, “If, for a moment, we look at mankind as one individual, we see that it is like a man carried away by unconscious powers.”

We are a species carried away — “possessed” by — and acting out, the unconscious. Jung elaborates, “Possession, though old-fashioned, has by no means become obsolete; only the name has changed. Formerly they spoke of ‘evil spirits,’ now we call them ‘neurosis’ or ‘unconscious complexes.’”

To condescendingly think that we, as modern-day, rational people, are too sophisticated to believe in something as primitive as demons is to have fallen under the spell of the very evil spirits we are... (click title for more)

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Jung as Father and Husband

Jung as Father and Husband | Depth Psych |

Carl Jung married Emma Rauschenbach on Valentine’s Day, 1903.[4] In the first 11 years of their marriage they had 5 children: Twenty-two months after their wedding they had their first child, Agatha, followed by Anna Margaretha (Gret) 14 months later. Their only son, Franz, was born in November, 1908, and they had two younger daughters, Marianne (born in September 1910) and Emma Helene (born in March 1914).[5]


In one of the many letters he wrote to Freud, Jung noted how they tried to prevent pregnancies but obviously without much success.[6] After 1914, the Jungs had separate bedrooms, which was the usual arrangement for persons of their social class with completed families.[7]


What sort of parent was Jung? In a word, “severe.”[8]...

Roberta McDonnell's comment, February 15, 2012 5:12 PM
I just finished reading Deirdre Bair's biography of Jung and while it's thin onthe depths of his work in my opinion, it does give a sense of the complexity of Jung as a man, a husband, father and colleague. The impression is one of sterness and impatience at times but also of depth of attachment and tenderness, especially in later years.The later chapters are actually quite moving and Bair's strength is that she allows us to understand Jung the man in the social and interpersonal world he inhabited. Swiss culture at that time was highly prescriptive of restrained social and personal behaviour, especially for women. Jung seems to have had a wicked sense of humour though and a strong attachment to hios wife and children as well as several female colleagues. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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"Christ, a Symbol of the Self " by Jerry Wright, Jung Society of Atlanta

"Christ, a Symbol of the Self " by Jerry Wright, Jung Society of Atlanta | Depth Psych |

Carl Jung’s ideas and writings about God, religion, Christ, Christianity, and the Christian Church are some of his most challenging, controversial, and fruitful. His approach was to take ancient “thought forms that have become historically fixed, try to melt them down again and pour them into moulds of immediate experience.” (CW:11:par.148) Jung’s own experience of the numinosum (holy) was a lifelong passion and most of his major written works in the last third of his life were devoted to some aspect of religious experience and religious symbols, with particular attention to the symbols of the Christian myth.


In Aion (Collected Works, Vol. 9,ll) Jung addresses Christianity’s central figure, Christ, and unpacks the meaning of Christ as a symbol of the Self. At the request of many of his readers who asked for a more comprehensive treatment of the Christ/Self relationship, and apparently inspired by a dream during a temporary illness, Jung worked on the project for several years...

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