Jungian analysis (psychoanalysis) is a deep and intense process, where a significant increase of self-knowledge and a transformation of personality that allows an expression of the psychological fullness of man play a key role. The goal of analysis differs from that of psychotherapy. It doesn’t have to be defined as healing in the conventional sense. It deals with understanding, a quest for finding a deeper sense of life and making the unconsicous conscious; and a profound inner change that results.
Carl Jung stressed the importance of cultural, mythological, initiatic and spiritual aspects of analysis. A person who undergoes it not only recognizes personal complexes and intrapsychic processes, but also the collective and archetypal regions of the unconscious, both in their difficult and dark aspects and those creative and salvific. One can therefore approach a wider dimension of life and develop a character that is capable of confronting the universal questions of mankind.
For those reasons the candidates for analysis are often those creative, autoreflective, seeking but also well rooted in everyday reality individuals, who wish to experience life more fully or to look for answers for difficult questions, as well as those with a spiritual outlook on life.
In this kind of work dream analysis, active imagination and a deep inquiry into the nature and processes of interpersonal relationships, including that with the analyst, play a prominent role.
In the course of analysis, therapeutic aspects of work may show up. However, if the candidate for analysis is currently dealing with deeper issues of psychological nature, therapeutic work is first needed.
Analysis requires more frequent sessions than most psychotherapeutic processes; 2-3 times a week is a typical setting.
Who is qualified to conduct Jungian analysis?
Only certified Jungian Analysts are qualified to offer Jungian analysis. They have all completed training programs either in individual mode, with the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), or by one of the institutes recognized by the IAAP. You can find a list of those institutes on the webpage of the IAAP. A recognized training always takes many years of learning that includes personal analysis, supervision, attending seminars and clinical internship and work experience.
In Poland there are two associations connected with the IAAP that have Jungian Analysts as their members. These are: the Polish Association for Analytical Psychology (PTPA) and the Polish Association of Jungian Analysis (PAJA/PTPJ). The webpages of those societies have a list of members who have the qualifications to conduct Jungian analysis. In Poland, neither psychotherapy nor psychoanalysis are regulated by law. Therefore, when starting a therapeutic or analytical process, it’s always good to check the qualifications of the person we want to work with.