Is this the end of analytical psychology?

By Betty Sacco German

This article explores the crisis of Analytical Psychology generated by the discrepancy between the nature of the Jungian approach and the collective trends in the Western world. While depth psychology focuses on the dialogue between conscious and unconscious in order to bring to light the uniqueness of the individual, the episteme of the Western world opposes the very nature of the Jungian path in two ways. The first one is the vision of psychology as a measurable science that has a curative purpose; the second one is the fact that the West experiences the world as a net-shaped reality whose focus is on multiplicity, superficiality, reversibility and rationalization. In the attempt to survive in a world that opposes its nature, depth psychology has been trying to meet the societal requirements, which resulted in a split between theory and practice, the former focusing on objective facts, and the latter including the subjective. If analytical psychology perpetuates this split, it will end in extinction. In order to live, it should embrace its role of collective shadow and express the values that the contemporary collective consciousness has repressed into the unconscious.

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