Jungian psychoanalysis holds the key to fully understanding how and why a person thinks and operates the way he or she does. It is apt for helping those with issues of trauma, depression, low self-esteem, relationship problems, anxiety and a whole lot more.
As humans, complexes are an integral part of our existence and everyone has them. They are in the form of emotions, memories, perceptions, and wishes that we have created regarding particular subjects, person or objects. These formed images and ideas are often drawn from our general experiences relating to the subject matter.
Complexes are of various types most common of which are money complex, performance complex, father complex, power complex, mother complex, inferiority complex, god complex among others.
These complexes shape how we react or feel about certain things. Having a negative complex can cause us to act in negative ways.
For instance, some may have a god complex. This kind of individual believes that they are incapable of making mistakes and that they are perfect. They thus find it impossible to accept failure or admit mistakes.
Such a person feels aloft and may have no regard for simple social conventions or the demands of society. He also expects always to be given preferential treatment and is normally dismissive of the feelings of others. He would often regard others beneath him and pursue a course that might adversely affect the well-being of others even after being made aware of the errors in his ways.
Such a person will get angry easily if you slightly hint at the possibility that what he is doing is wrong or that he might have made a mistake.
This complex is probably a result of childhood experiences. People who exhibit such complex were probably excessively pampered or heavily criticized by their parents. The point is these complexes shape how we behave.
What Jungian psychoanalysis does is help you get a handle on these complexes and deal with them.
- Interpretation of Dreams
Dreams are also critical to Jungian Analysis, and while Carl Jung does agree that dreams play a part in revealing the unconscious, he didn’t believe in the need for them to be interpreted. He rather came up with the term “individuation” which he used to explain that dreams function as a means to reconcile the conscious and the unconscious. Jung further argued that the ego serves as a link between the conscious and the unconscious. Thus, dreams which are products of the subconscious are responses to the ego’s attitude. Since the ego is responsible for how we identify ourselves, it follows that dream analysis opens us up to possibilities of understanding some otherwise hidden concept that the dream has revealed as it relates to our conscious self.
In conclusion, Jung thought of dreams as an evaluation of one’s behavior. In essence, they can act as critiques, or guides leading you to live a better life.