About This Course
The four terms in the title of this course are intimately connected in Jung's psychological model. While working definitions for each term will be provided as the lecture progresses, the overarching intent will be to demonstrate how all four concepts dynamically interact with one another in everyday life.
Jung initially planned to name his model Complex Psychology, considering early trauma to be at the center of all complexes. Later, however, he would argue that the complex had an archetypal core that connected the individual to the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious, he held, originated beyond the personal unconscious where complexes seemed to play out. In realizing that the complexes were seeded in the collective unconscious, Jung was able to account for their incredible inner psychic force.
He would also soon realize that in order to work with the intense psychic energy brought to bear from the archetypal depths of the psyche, a turn inward was required, along with a commitment to engaging with the material symbolically. Inherent in Jung’s approach here is his suggestion and acknowledgment of a symbol-making faculty of the psyche, native to each individual, which he referred to as "the transcendent function."
By fostering an active dialogue between one's conscious and unconscious life, symbols of transformation can emerge which create the difference between being trapped in a personal complex and moving toward a greater sense of freedom and wholeness.