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The Symbol: Gateway to the Unconscious

26 Mar, by The Depth Coach in Life, Personal Development, Psychology, Uncategorized

In analytical psychology, the symbol plays an important role in the development of the personality. C.G. Jung (1921/1971) suggests that a symbol “is the best possible expression for something that cannot be expressed otherwise than by a more or less close analogy” (CW6, para. 93, n. 44). Elsewhere, Jung writes…

The Self: The Archetype of Wholeness

15 Mar, by The Depth Coach in Life, Personal Development, Psychology, Uncategorized

As discussed in a previous blog, the ego consists of the personal center of the psyche, however, C.G. Jung (Figure 1) conjectured the existence of another psychic center, a transpersonal one, which extends far beyond the ego’s sphere of influence. Jung called this transpersonal center the self, which not only…

The Shadow: Mining for Black Gold

04 Mar, by The Depth Coach in Life, Media, Personal Development, Psychology, Uncategorized

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” In the early 1930s, the fictional character The Shadow appeared in a detective magazine of the same name. The pulp magazine revolved around a mysterious nocturnal crime-fighter. The character evolved into a vigilante figure with anti-hero qualities….

Ego: The Nexus of Personal Identity

26 Feb, by The Depth Coach in Life, Media, Personal Development, Psychology

People throw around the term ego all the time. The word is often associated with selfishness or overconfidence. An egotistic person, for instance, is considered brash, pompous, and overly boastful. We have all heard the cliché: “Your ego is writing is writing checks that your body cannot cash”. So the term,…

The Persona: The Masks We Wear

19 Feb, by The Depth Coach in Life, Psychology, Uncategorized

Another key idea in Jung’s psychology is the persona. In Latin, the term refers to the mask of an actor, and Jung viewed this word as a descriptor apropos of his concept. After all, social conventions and cultural demands require that we all don a mask from time to time…

Anima and Animus: The Need to Relate

11 Feb, by The Depth Coach in Life, Psychology, Relationships

As discussed in a previous blog, an archetype is an organizer of the psychic experience and what it yields is a pattern of psychic functioning. Jung’s concepts of anima and animus (i.e., syzygy) are two of the most important and too often misunderstood archetypes in the Jungian lexicon. Thus, further…