Jungian psychology originated with the work of psychiatrist Carl Jung. Jung was fascinated with unconscious dynamics, and in particular with the nature and function of dreams. He helped his clients find their own unique life-path through taking direction from their inner selves. Of course, he dealt with traumatic events of people’s past history, but even then he helped people discern meaning from their traumatic experiences.
Jungian psychology can be an effective approach for dealing with a wide variety of psychological problems, especially depression. Jung did not view symptoms of depression as needing to be eliminated, but to be understood. Many times, once the purpose of a symptom is understood, the symptom decreases in severity, or goes away altogether.
Jung proposed that each person has a lifelong task which he termed individuation. At each stage of life, each person’s psyche has tasks that are tailor made to help the person grow. Symptoms bring a person into Jungian psychotherapy to discover the plans the psyche has for them to enable them to grow. Even a person without symptoms can benefit from Jungian psychotherapy. By working with a person’s dreams and exploring a person’s unconscious potential, the person can experience a deeper self understanding and a fuller and more meaningful life.