Jungian Psychology as Impetus to Creation
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
23 Clerkenwell Close
London, EC1R 0AA
No white without black, and no holiness without the devil. Opposites are brothers.
— C. G. Jung “The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious”, CW 9/1, § 597
In the archetypal nature of myths and fairy tales, Carl Jung saw a reflection of psychic processes, both symbolic and vital, as they strive towards integrating the unconscious into consciousness. Jung called this process a becoming whole and integrated, or individuation.
As an archetype on its own account, analytical psychology describes the basic structures of imagination and action which, in turn, are seen as human patterns that belong to the collective unconscious. Archetypes themselves are defined as psychic (also psychophysical) structures that unconsciously influence human behaviour.
They are difficult to grasp rationally. They can mostly only be expressed through symbols and imagination. The storybook "Two Brothers" by the artists Kristina Saborio and Tyler Downey illustrates and recounts the archetypal process of individuation, namely the confrontation of opposing structures of the psyche, such as the shadow, the anima, the renewal, self-realisation, and the self-discovery.
In a fragmented, technology-driven modern world, reconnecting to archetypal processes is crucial for children in establishing the vital link between their emerging egos and their roots in the unconscious. A more grounded, healthier connection to themselves and the world is thus encouraged. Importantly, not only children, but also adults can benefit from a heightened understanding of the mythological and archetypal aspects of our psyches.
Kristina Saborio, author of “Two Brothers”, has brought together her visual background from graphic design, her studies of German literature, and her personal exploration of Jungian psychology in a unique children's' book project.
Kevin Lu, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Jungian Studies and a member of Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Dr. Lu’s publications include articles and chapters on Jung’s relationship to the discipline of history, Arnold J. Toynbee’s use of analytical psychology, critical assessments of the theory of cultural complexes, sibling relationships in the Chinese/Vietnamese Diaspora, racial hybridity, and Jungian perspectives on graphic novels and their adaptation to film.
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