What is Analytical Psychology

What is Analytical Psychology?

Analytical Psychology is what Carl Jung called his method of understanding Psyche, to distinguish it from Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalysis. Unlike Freud, Jung explored the whole Psyche, both conscious and the complete unconscious (see Who was Carl Jung).

For Jung, nothing could be excluded from the collective unconscious, which encompassed the whole sweep of human history and all its productions: religious; artistic; intellectual; and especially mythological. The collective unconscious is a reflection of the universe, placing the human psyche squarely in the midst of the welter of creation.

Psyche in Greek means soul. Later in his career, Jung came to believe that the human soul (psyche) is an integral part of the world soul, something he called Anima Mundi, Latin for Soul of the World. Analytical Psychology provides us a way to look at the big picture and any area of it that we wish to examine, through whatever lens we choose to use — religious, literary, artistic or intellectual. And, it does this without ever losing sight of the Whole. Analytical Psychology makes connections and unifies. Eros, god of love, is its guiding principle and the story of Psyche and Eros is its foundational myth, its cornerstone. Analytical Psychology brings love to Psyche.


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