Developing Mental Strength Through Analytic Psychology

Analytic psychology is based on the ideas formulated by Carl Jung. The Jungian school of thought is somewhat similar to the Freudian approach, in that it stressed the importance of the inner psyche, but differed in several distinct ways. Understanding this nuance is important for both mental health practitioners and patients. Any form of treatment, be it physical or mental, should be taken with a basic overview of how the plans are made and the underlying foundations for its strategies.


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All schools of psychotherapy aim to develop mental strength or what others would call enlightenment, peace of mind or the highest form of transcendence. Each field will have their specific term for it, but the main essence of psychology is becoming mentally strong to counter the inevitable challenges one will experience. Different schools of psychology, thus, only differ in the specific action plans to battle daily challenges.

Those who prefer Jungian psychology appreciate the importance of the unconscious. It is believed that all actions are influenced by hidden areas of a person’s psyche. Carl Jung divided the psyche into three different components: the conscious, personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. How these three factors interrelate vary per individual as each person experiences and perceives life differently. It creates an infinite number of possible Jungian conditions.

Developing mental strength in Jungian psychology, therefore, is founded on understanding how these three factors affect a specific individual. Psychologists trained under the Jungian school of thought typically try to design a relationship chart that shows how these factors manifested themselves. The patient will then be assigned a treatment plan that will address the entire issue at once (it is rare for analytic psychology treatments only to tackle one factor at a time). Patients are expected to be able to practice their own self-assessment and strength-training once they become mentally stronger.


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Paul Gabrinetti is a certified clinical psychologist trained under Carl Jung’s school of thought. Learn more by following this Twitter account.


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Paul Gabrinetti, Ph.D., is a core faculty professor in Clinical Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. With four decades of professional experience, he has been on various teaching or consultancy roles from a number of prestigious institutions, including the University of Southern California, Antioch University, Pepperdine University, Woodland Hills Psychiatric Medical Group, Wesval Counseling Center, and The Institute for Human Studies.

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