Carl Jung on living an authentic life

It could be argued that at the heart of Jungian therapy is the aim of experiencing and living an authentic life.

That is not the language that Carl Jung used, but it does express a central idea of his psychology, which he called ‘individuation.’ Put very simply, individuation is the process by which individuals become more fully themselves.

Individuation involves differentiating oneself from conformity with collective values, which does not necessarily mean rejecting those values. Rather, it means the ability to choose the values by which one will live instead of merely living out social norms in an unreflective and unconscious way.

In other words, the individuation process is a deepening and maturing of one’s individuality and sense of authenticity. … [click on title to read and view more]

Carl Jung’s Words of Advice for the Depressed

By Jason E. Smith — From Jung’s point of view there is a hidden intention in depression. It “forces us downwards.” This is not, as it might sound, a punishment for arrogance, but rather a consequence of having become cut off from the human, instinctual part of ourselves. … [click on title to read and view more]

From Jung's Red Book

Carl Jung himself thought he was psychotic

Carl Jung himself said:

I had the feeling that I was in an over-compensated psychosis, and from the feeling I was not released until August 1, 1914.

And yes, he recovered, transformed and went on to thrive, just like so many others, from that psychosis… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Carl Jung had what would today be called an extended psychotic episode

Carl Jung himself said:

I had the feeling that I was in an over-compensated psychosis, and from the feeling I was not released until August 1, 1914. (see here for context)

His psychosis lasted a long time and he worked it out. This is a stunning revelation that will be even more controversial then all the body of his work to this day.

There was an unpublished book that has, many years after his death, been made available. The Red Book. It’s a lovely and emotionally stunning book in my opinion. The art alone is worth the purchase price.

A journey into the Red Book (Carl Jung)

The Red Book “The Years, of Which I have Spoken To You, –when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is derived from this. It began at that time, and later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the […]

Carl Jung, another drug-free recovery from psychosis

This review of the book on psychology today by Dr. Stephen Diamond agrees with my own musings that people would have considered Jung psychotic at certain points. The joyful part is that he healed himself. DRUG FREE. Like so many of us do everyday even while psychiatry claims it’s impossible.

In the news with a highlight on Carl Jung and his Red Book

I’ve been waiting for this conversation and knew it wouldn’t be long before it hit the mainstream. About Carl Jung. The Red Book reveals he dealt with altered states. To me it’s clear that they are “psychotic” in nature. But why does that have to be assumed to be mental illness? I by no means assume […]