All the creative art psychotherapies (art, dance, music, drama, poetry) can trace their roots to C.G. Jung's early work on active imagination. Jung developed his concept between the years 1913 and 1916, following his break with Freud. Jungian analyst Joan Chodorow here offers a collection of Jung's writings on the active imagination, gathered together for the first time.
All the creative art psychotherapies (art, dance, music, drama, poetry) can trace their roots to C. G. Jung's early work on active imagination. Joan Chodorow here offers a collection of Jung's writings on active imagination, gathered together for the first time. Jung developed this concept between the years 1913 and 1916, following his break with Freud. During this time, he was disoriented and experienced intense inner turmoil —he suffered from lethargy and fears, and his moods threatened to overwhelm him. Jung searched for a method to heal himself from within, and finally decided to engage with the impulses and images of his unconscious. It was through the rediscovery of the symbolic play of his childhood that Jung was able to reconnect with his creative spirit. In a 1925 seminar and again in his memoirs, he tells the remarkable story of his experiments during this time that led to his self-healing. Jung learned to develop an ongoing relationship with his lively creative spirit through the power of imagination and fantasies. He termed this therapeutic method "active imagination."
This method is based on the natural healing function of the imagination, and its many expressions. Chodorow clearly presents the texts, and sets them in the proper context. She also interweaves her discussion of Jung's writings and ideas with contributions from Jungian authors and artists.
Jung studied medicine at Basel, and worked at the Burgholzli mental health clinic in Zurich (1900-1909). He met Freud in 1907, and became his leading collaborator. He became critical of Freud's approach in 1913, which caused a break between them.
List of illustrationsList of abbreviations used in notesAcknowledgementsIntroduction11Confrontation with the unconscious212The transcendent function423'The technique of differentiation between the ego and the figures of the unconscious'614Commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower735The aims of psychotherapy846A study in the process of individuation977The Tavistock lectures1438The psychological aspects of the Kore1549On the nature of the psyche15810Three letters to Mr O. (1947)16311Mysterium Coniunctionis16612Foreword to van Helsdingen: Beelden uit het Onbewuste175Afterword: Post-Jungian contributions177Bibliography180List of fantasies and visions186Subject index188Name index197