2022 - Understanding the Jungian Unconscious: A Guide to Individualization - Oral Presentation
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Carl Jung was one of the major contributors to modern psychoanalytical psychology and was especially esteemed for his model of the psyche, which can help us understand the dangerous behaviors that hinder our psychological development. Jung believed that if you understand the reality of your own psyche, you can accelerate the natural development of your consciousness to become a more complete person. This is what he called the process of individualization. In this project, I explored the four major personal archetypes that must be faced and integrated during the individualization process. First, the Persona, which is the mask we present to the world, this is who we wish to be. Second, the Shadow, known as the dark side of our personality or the aspects of ourselves that we despise or repress. Third, is the most controversial of his archetypes, the Anima/Animus; the femininity in men, and masculinity in women. This third archetype is often criticized because of the terminology Jung used; rather than assuming heteronormality, this archetype can be described as the opposite of one’s persona. The final archetype is the Self, which is the core of the Jungian psyche, which occurs when the unconscious and conscious minds are unified. I am presenting a literature review of Carl Jung’s work, the critiques, and the developments of his model of the psyche. The process of individualization is unique to each individual, and the complexity of one’s psyche cannot be simplified into basic terminology. Jung’s theory was not meant to be a set doctrine of the psyche, rather his theory was an advancement to our understanding of the unconscious. Lastly, Jung wanted to help individuals to face the obstacles one might find in the search for meaning, completeness, or their highest state of self. This is a video of the presentation, "Understanding the Jungian Unconscious: A Guide to Individualization" given at the 2022 Undergraduate Projects & Research Conference at Salt Lake Community College. The presenter: Gabriel Chacon. The video can be accessed via YouTube here: (https://youtu.be/dc0M-bfg8Ks
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