Giving Positive Psychology Interventions Depth: A Jungian Approach

  • Daniël H. du ToitEmail author
  • Sonet du Toit


Positive Psychology is well established with its main constructs well defined and well researched. Interventions in this field of psychology are starting to get their rightful place, yet research indicates that the impact of these interventions are not showing consistent results. Positive Psychology was from its inception positioned as breaking away from traditional approaches, including that of Depth Psychology. Even though vast differences exist it might be valuable to reconsider this relationship and contemplate how Depth Psychology, mainly Jungian Depth Psychology, can be positioned as a resource to be used in conjunction with Positive Psychology. The aim of this chapter is to show how these two seemingly different approaches, despite their different theoretical foundations and different methodologies, have the potential to complement, enhance and enrich each other, especially regarding interventions. This chapter does not aim to draw a comprehensive comparison between the two approaches. The purpose is to present Depth Psychology in a demystified manner that particularly shows how Depth Psychology interventions can practically add to Positive Psychology interventions.


Depth Psychology Positive Psychology Jung Archetypes Interventions Awareness Unconscious Art Music Dreams Individuation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Optentia Research Focus AreaNorth West UniversityVanderbijlparkSouth Africa
  2. 2.Independent Industrial PsychologistVanderbijlparkSouth Africa

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