Individuation Essay by Master Researcher

This paper examines individuation and Robert A. Johnson's application of this idea.
# 91031 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Psychology (Jung)

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This paper analyzes the life of Robert A. Johnson as shown by his book "Balancing Heaven and Earth." The paper notes the meaning of individuation, Jung's view of it and how Johnson applied the idea to his own development as a person and as a psychologist, with the process of individuation seen as a process of becoming and of unguided development over time.

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"The Jungian idea of individuation can be observed in one's own life and also in accounts of individual experiences with sufficient psychological insight, such as the personal memoir in the book "Balancing Heaven and Earth" by Johnson and Ruhl (1998), an account of experiences by R.A. Johnson, one of the leading Jungian analysis in the country. The book is identified as both a guide and a memoir ands links in its subtitle "visions, dreams, and realizations." Johnson reports on his own dreams and links these to his development as a human being, finding in these dreams and in how they affect him evidence of Jung's ideas about individuation. Jung's analytical psychology depicts dreams as deriving from certain primordial images found in the collective unconscious and representing symbols whose meaning is found within this collective unconscious."

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