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Carl Jung: The Journey to Finding the Inner Self
Transcript of Carl Jung: The Journey to Finding the Inner Self
He was a very solitary person, he spent a lot of time by him self, reading books, dreaming, and talking to rocks and because of this he was picked on a lot as a child.
He was a brilliant student, so he eventually went off to college, not knowing what he really wanted to do in life.
He later went on to study medicine, philosophy, mythology, Christian Literature and religion.
Through multiple fields of study, Jung found his place in life as a analytic psychologist.
As a analytic psychologist Jung created multiple concepts, and ideas relating to personality and the inner self.
The aim of Jung's work is getting down to the core of the person to help them answer his question... WHO AM I? We have to overcome other's expectations in order to find the true self and answer the calling within. We do this through Jung's perspectives of:
2). The Dynamics of the Psyche
4.) Typology *Individuation was the term created by Jung to describe the process of becoming aware of ones self, of ones make up, and the way to discover ones true inner self.
*In order to understand the process of individuation, their must be understanding of the Experience of Self path which consist of:
-Uncovering the persona
-Becoming aware of the conscious of the Shadow
-Learning of the Ego Individuation As a Process The Shadow Our shadows are the inferior being in us all and it holds the hidden parts of us that we do not like to show people, but can be seen/felt when we are alone.
Ex. *Unreal Fantasy *Greed *Cowardliness *Indifference
Until we find the things hidden, and allow them to come to surface, we cannot truly know who we are. The definition will be false due to incompleteness of truth of the unknown characteristics or ways. Individuation As a Process Uncovering The Persona =>The mask we must uncover is a false representation of individuality that we put on for society.
=>It is a compromise between who we truly are and what society thinks we should be. These stereotypes and norms can come from:
-Family -Religious Affiliations
-Neighborhoods -Job Entrapment
Having a Persona (Mask) connects individuation and unique qualities with outside society and this process is suppose to be personal, internal.
We must remove our mask to throw away opinions of who we should be to find who we wanna be. (And naturally who we are) Individuation As a Process Understanding The Ego Ego's are the Center of our Conscious
Our Ego is a function that allows you to distinguish yourself from others..
*Cloths *Foods *Etc.
The Ego orders our psychological qualities and allows us to make sense of our selves and actions. Also our uniqueness!! Individuation As a Process Jung Quote "It (Experience of Self) is a search for Totality. Once a person has completed this process and excepted the contents of his individuation process, he then becomes conscious but also content with his relationships with everything that lives."
*Only after all this processing is complete can one say I know myself completely. With this thought the Individuation process in complete!! The Dynamics of the Psyche The Psyche: Carl Jung divides personality into three levels and he defines them as the interconnection of the waking consciousness (ego), personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. The Dynamics of Psyche Consciousness (Ego): The Ego is the center of peoples consciousness.
It is a person's conscious mind. This part of the Psyche is not hard to get a hold of and does not require a lot of thought. The Ego is personal and will not be shared with anyone else.
Jung made it clear that when a person has not developed an unconscious mind, the conscious mind is very important. The Dynamics of the Psyche: Beneath the unconscious there is personal unconscious. Personal unconscious is important because it consists of the memories that have been removed from consciousness.
Sometimes this material may consist of things that people try to forget such as traumatic things that are too painful to acknowledge.
Personal unconscious is harder to get a hold of than the ego. The personal unconscious also groups material into complexes.
Complexes are "a person's thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and memories..."
For example: Father complexes will hold all of the memories about your father whether they are good or bad. The Dynamics of the Psyche Collective Unconscious: Different from the others, collective unconscious is far from personal.
Instead of memory that one has gone through on their own, collective unconscious deals more with memory that has been passed down from generations; evolution.
It basically includes the tendencies of people to behave in certain ways.
This can include the way they talk, act, etc. The Dynamics of the Psyche: All people share the same collective unconscious.
This leads us into Archetypes which determine the way individuals respond to their environment. Personal Archetypes Universal Archetypes The first step in the individuation process is understanding how our ego functions.
Jung postulated a personality theory known as Typology to help us understand how we function. Know Thy Self Archetypes are the building blocks of our Psyches.
They exist as images, symbols, and motifs in our unconscious mind.
They manifest themselves in everyday life as human behavior, roles, situations, ambitions, impulses, etc.
Archetypes are reoccurring patterns that permeate all cultures throughout history. Archetypes There are many captivating well written books available for self development.
The Myers-Briggs Test is free online.
Esoteric Studies can help us understand archetypal patterns active in our lives:
Numerology uses your name and birthday to find your: Life Path, Heart's Desire, Soul's Urge, and more...
Tarot cards are laidened with archetypal imagery and situations that reflect one's personal unconscious Resources Here are some other ideas to catalyze your self-education.
Keep a dream journal
Our personal unconscious is trying to communicate with us during dreamtime. Write down your dreams and look for patterns that may help you solve personal problems.
Rarely are dreams literal. They typically speak in metaphors so sit with them, revisit them and connect them with other dreams and life experiences.
You can also ask someone else to take a look too, sometimes an objective view can help. Further Steps Toward Individuation This function describes how a person prefers to make decisions.
Thinking (T) types make decisions in an objective, rational, and logical way.
Feeling (F) types make decisions based on personal values and past experiences. Judgment This function indicates how a person prefers to interpret their environment.
Sensing (S) types acknowledge only information obtained through their physical senses.
Intuiting (N) types take in information through their senses but it goes through an internal process that prescribes meaning Perception This function indicates how we prefer to interact with the world.
Extroverted (E) types prefer to focus their attention outwardly by socializing and active expression.
Introverted (I) types prefer to focus their attention inwardly amused by their own thoughts and ideas. Attitude It is important to understand that the functions exist on a continuum.
We use both modes of each function.
The myers-briggs test indicates which modes you prefer.
16 personality types expressed in acronyms:
INTJ, ENFP, ESFJ, ISFP, etc... All or Nothing? Functions of Ego
Consciousness Typology Thank You!
Any Questions?? You can find your personality type by taking the Myers-Briggs type test online.
It is based on Jungian Typological theory and is very insightful!
You learn about your strengths and weaknesses and how you can improve.
It matches you up with compatible careers.
And, it brings you one step closer to discovering your true Self. Take the Test! Keep a journal, period.
One of the most important things we can do for our personal development is to keep a journal. Your thoughts, feelings, ideas, hopes, and desires are all important in your self-education.
Reflection is key. By analyzing your past you will have a better understanding why you are the way you are now.
And you will be able to discern whether your current aspirations are because of your personal ambitions or are they someone else's expectations being projected on to you? More Ideas This function represents how we prefer to live in the external world.
Judging (J) types prefer to be organized, structured, task oriented and decisions are made decisively.
Perceiving (P) types prefer to be spur of the moment, unstructured, adaptable, dislike planning as they like to keep their options open, procrastinate, yet perform relatively well under pressure. Orientation 1. Attitude
Judging--Perceiving The Four Functions Persona: our social 'mask'
Anima: Female personality in a male's unconscious
Animus: Male personality in the female's unconscious.
Shadow: undesirable aspects of our personality
Self: Unification of consciousness and unconsciousness They are what differentiate us
from each other. Examples: The Artist, The Mother, The Father,
The Student, The Trickster, The Teacher etc. Personal Archetypes They are represented in all
cultures in different ways.