PSY 514 Structure of the Psyche: Jungian Approaches
Carl Gustav Jung introduced a myriad of new terms and concepts into the field of depth psychology to elaborate his views of a psychic structure. In his approach, Jung characterized the “infinite complexity” of the psyche, while also stressing the need to restrict our focus to “aspects that particularly interest us.” Accordingly, this course traces a relatively simple path through the labyrinthine human psyche, relying on Jung’s terminology for our touchpoints, keeping in mind Jung’s assertion that the structure of the psyche reflects the macrocosmic structure of the universe. As is true for the universe as a whole, the psyche consists of checks and balances that create a tension of opposites that generate the energy of life.
This course carefully builds an overall picture of the human psyche, unfolding the far-reaching implications of the component parts as they were identified by Jung. Concepts to be discussed will include the limitations of self-knowledge; the difference between the conscious and the unconscious; notions of the collective and personal unconscious; ego, persona, and self; complexes and projections; dynamics and individuation—thereby providing an in-depth understanding of our own and others’ psychological contours.