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Kalsched, D.E. (2000). Jung's Contribution to Psychoanalytic Thought. Psychoanal. Dial., 10(3):473-488.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 10(3):473-488

Jung's Contribution to Psychoanalytic Thought

Donald E. Kalsched, Ph.D.

Jung's Most Significant Clinical Contributions

Jung's most significant clinical contributions to analytic practice are:

1.   His emphasis on the primacy of affect as the central organizing principle of psychic life—instead of the drives—and how this leads to an understanding of the psyche's inherent dissociability.

2.   His insistence that psychoanalysis was best conducted in a “bipersonal field” in which both partners sit face-to-face and mutually influence the result.

3.   His understanding of dreams and the symbolic expressions of fantasy life as images that give form to unconscious affects and hence are agents of evolving consciousness, not “compromise formations.” This led Jung to use various nonverbal techniques within the analytic situation, including drawing, painting, and active imagination.

4.   His structural model (archetypes) of the psyche, which includes a “collective” or “psychoid” layer in which events occur that are not just psychological but psysical as well (echoing recent discoveries in both psychosomatics and atomic physics). This “magical” or “mystical” realm is the basis for religious experience and for synchronicity and other noncausal connective events otherwise known as “transgressive” or “paranormal.”

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