Alchemy and Jung
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This paper discusses how Carl Jung's theory of individuation relies on alchemical symbolism to describe the psychological process of growth involving collective unconscious experience and personal unconscious experience. The paper provides a review of the peer-reviewed and scholarly literature to determine what alchemy was, how it was supposed to work, whether it did in fact work, and an analysis of how Jung's theory of individuation was formulated based on these arcane alchemist concepts. A summary of the research and important findings are reported in the conclusion. A photograph of 'The Splendor Solis - Plate 8: Colors of Rebirth' is included with the paper.
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