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Young-Eisendrath, P. (1997). Jungian constructivism and the value of uncertainty. J. Anal. Psychol., 42(4):637-652.

(1997). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 42(4):637-652

Jungian constructivism and the value of uncertainty

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.

Introducing the basic assumptions of constructivism as a philosophical position, this paper illustrates how Jung's psychology - especially complex, archetype and transcendent function - is consonant with constructivism. Further, the paper explores some clinical implications of constructivism by reviewing the problems of chronic projective-identification in a stalemated analytic case, drawing on the contributions of Winnicott, Ogden and Modell in expanding our understanding of, and facility with, the transcendent function.

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