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Petchkovsky, L. (2017). Advances in Functional Brain Imaging Technology and Developmental Neuro-Psychology: Their Applications in the Jungian Analytic Domain. J. Anal. Psychol., 62(3):415-433.

(2017). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62(3):415-433

Advances in Functional Brain Imaging Technology and Developmental Neuro-Psychology: Their Applications in the Jungian Analytic Domain

Leon Petchkovsky

Analytical psychology shares with many other psychotherapies the important task of repairing the consequences of developmental trauma. The majority of analytic patients come from compromised early developmental backgrounds: they may have experienced neglect, abuse, or failures of empathic resonance from their carers.

Functional brain imagery techniques including Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG), and functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery (fMRI), allow us to track mental processes in ways beyond verbal reportage and introspection. This independent perspective is useful for developing new psychodynamic hypotheses, testing current ones, providing diagnostic markers, and monitoring treatment progress. Jung, with the Word Association Test, grasped these principles 100 years ago.

Brain imaging techniques have contributed to powerful recent advances in our understanding of neurodevelopmental processes in the first three years of life. If adequate nurturance is compromised, a range of difficulties may emerge. This has important implications for how we understand and treat our psychotherapy clients.

The paper provides an overview of functional brain imaging and advances in developmental neuropsychology, and looks at applications of some of these findings (including neurofeedback) in the Jungian psychotherapy domain.

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