Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beebe, Cambray, and Kirsch on Individuation and Ethics

"At the core of Jung's approach to psychological treatment is his belief that clinical analysis catalyzes a natural developmental process that wants to take place anyway. If the work on the patient's complexes is pursued diligently in a spirit of honest dialogue, it may be rewarded by the patient's willingness to enter a dialectical relationship to the unconscious. Out of such a relationship, not only the resolution of conflict between ego and unconscious but also the energy-laden symbols that foster individuation are likely to emerge. None of this relieves the patient from responsibility for an ethical life. Rather, individuation moves toward the consciousness that enables an ethical standpoint to develop." (p. 239)

John Beebe, Joseph Cambray and Thomas Kirsch (2001). What Freudians Can Learn From Jung. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 213-242

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