Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Active Imagination in Psychotherapy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200208-2


The life and work of Carl Jung exemplify one of modern humanity’s most ardent examples of pioneering exploration in the fields of psychology and spiritual development (Bair 2003). The legacy of this remarkable man remains immense and includes not only innumerable insights into the psychic life of Homo sapiens but also many highly effective methods for the healing and transformation of mental afflictions and other disorders. Among such methods exists the therapeutic technique known as active imagination, which acts as a dynamic connecting link between the conscious ego and the unconscious, thus providing a channel through which greater psychological cohesion and wholeness can be achieved (Jung 1960).

Throughout his long existence, Jung (1963) experienced a vast array of psychic phenomena, both in his personal life and in the life of his patients. Over time he began to identify universal themes and images that arose in abundance through the human psyche, especially in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Interdisciplinary StudiesWoosong UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea