Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, and founder of analytical psychology. Jung met Sigmund Freud in 1907, and became the first president of the International Psychoanalytic Association when it was formed. He broke with Freud in 1912, when Jung published his revolutionary Psychology of the Unconscious, which postulated two dimensions of the unconscious -- the personal (repressed or forgotten content of an individual’s mental and material life), and what he termed the collective unconscious (those acts and mental patterns shared either by members of a culture or universally by all human beings). Under certain conditions these manifest themselves as archetypes -- images, patterns, and symbols that are often seen in dreams or fantasies and that appear as themes in mythology, religion, and fairy tales. In Psychological Types (1921) Jung elucidated extroversion and introversion. He held the most significant task for any person to be the achievement of harmony between the conscious and the unconscious. The definitive edition of his collected works in English translation was published between 1951 and 1979.
When and how was the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago organized?We were originally incorporated in 1976 to support our Mission as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes.
What resources does the Institute provide?We provide an array of resources including the Analyst Training Program, the Jungian Psychotherapy Program, Continuing Education Programs for Professionals, Educational and Cultural Programs for the General Public, the Sandtray Program, the Institute Library, access to ARAS, the Analyst Referral Service, and the Audio/Video Lecture Program.The C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to provide continuing education credit to social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
What is Jungian analysis?Jungian analysis is a long-term dialectical relationship between two people, analyst and patient, and it is directed toward an investigation of the patient’s unconscious, its contents and processes, in order to alleviate a psychic condition felt to be no longer tolerable because of its interferences with conscious living. The disturbance may be neurotic in character or a manifestation of a more deep-seated psychotic tendency. While beginning with disturbance, the practice of Jungian analysis may involve individuating experiences, whether with children and young people or persons in the second half of life, but these experiences may or may not be connected in such a way that a process of individuation can be said to occur. Distinguishing between analysis and psychotherapy, practicing analysts have differentiated between the two on the basis of intensity, depth, frequency of sessions and duration of the work, coupled with a realistic assessment of the psychological capacities and limitations of the patient.
Andrew Samuels, Bani Shorter and Fred Plaut. A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis, Routledge: New York, 1986, p. 17.