Jungian psychology

In Jungian psychology, much of the focus is on the unconscious. This is the place where we send our experiences, feelings, events and thoughts that we have no room for at the time they occur in our conscious life. The experience is not gone, but from that moment on it continues in our unconscious. You might think: good riddance, but in practice that doesn’t quite turn out to be the case. The unconscious is just as active, but, as the word says, we are not aware of it.

An example of this unconscious activity is the projection mechanism. For example, if you have learned as a child that your parents did not take much rest and continued to work even when they were ill, you may have felt unsafe to express feelings of illness yourself. Your suppressed feelings and signals, taking rest and self-care were given a place in the unconscious. When you get a partner later in life who does take rest when needed, you can become irritated by this, because you reject it in yourself and see it as laziness, for example. If you are not aware of this, you create a difficult situation for yourself in two ways: you do not take your rest when you need it, and you reject this in your partner who is probably not that happy with this.

Something in us wants us to ultimately be in balance. The wonderful and special thing about life is that we receive numerous signals from the unconscious every day, as an entrance to bring something back into balance, that has become out of balance. These are for example the stories we get in our dreams at night, or feelings of irritation when the projection mechanism is active. Or strong fantasies or daydreams that we have. If we ignore the signals for too long, the consequences are often more serious. In the case of the example of self-care, this can be exhaustion, burnout or becoming chronically ill. When that happens, it will be much more difficult to get the train back on track.

Listening to these signals requires a different attitude than we are used to. While we have often learned to understand and solve matters with our heads, we have to enter into a different relationship with the signals from the unconscious. Just try to understand a dream with your head, it is just not possible. What is needed is an attitude of patience and curiosity about the world that lies behind the various signals. And becoming comfortable connecting to a world without ready-made answers.

In Jungian Psychology there is an important place for myths and dreamwork and there is an emphasis on these elements in the trajectories I offer.