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By Dale Mathers

This hugely unique booklet examines the connection among analytical psychology and that means, reading human discomfort as bobbing up from that means issues. utilizing medical examples - no matter if humans trapped in styles of dependence, struggling with psychosomatic illnesses, or with character difficulties - it indicates how, through treating consumers' matters as mess ups of the meaning-making strategy, you will support them swap their very own personal own that means. An creation to that means and function in Analytical Psychology will make provocative studying for all these in aiding professions, together with counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists.

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Jung’s search for meaning continued during his career at the Burgholzli Clinic. Treating severely psychotic people, he researched differences between the major functional psychoses, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder (CW 1: paras 187–225). In these psychotic states, attempts to make sense of the senseless are called ‘effort after meaning’ (Jaspers 1959). For example, I once met a man when I was a young psychiatrist. He peered into the ashtray in my room, found three cigarette butts then looked round carefully…down at himself, over at me, across to his social worker.

My prejudice is towards open meaning systems, as they have a greater adaptive potential. We’re all capable, somewhere, of being fundamentalists: yearning for safe closed systems, bounded by our fears and primitive infant-like terrors. Interpretative acts challenge closed, over-determined systems; which, by constant repetition, become mistaken for percepts. ’ The next chapter looks at the strangest effect of all—individuation. 20 2 INDIVIDUATION Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made Those are pearls that were his eyes Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea change Into something rich and strange.

Ego Jung said ego is a complex, whose function is to reality test, maintain identity, personality and temporal continuity (CW 6: para. 706). It derives from Self and is defended by both Persona and Shadow. Persona is the mask we present to the world. The term comes from the Greek, the masks worn by actors, as still used in Japanese Noh theatre. Ego is essential for individuation (Fordham 1985:34–9; Hall and Young-Eisendrath, 1991:6–7). Consciousness is not a synonym for ego. Jung pictures ego as accessing memory, providing subjective components of conscious functions (first impressions), modulating affect and preventing invasion by the unconscious (Tavistock Lectures, CW 18: paras 36–8).

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