a. Active Imagination is a method which Jung used to reconnect with his creative spirit and heal himself within. He did this by reconnecting with his imagination and fantasies through play. He was able to reawaken his creative spirit by maintaining a “self-reflectve, conscious point of view.” He didn’t believe that this process could be taught, but believed that it is an inner necessity which is natural and inborn.
b. Individuation is like the maturing of a persons soul, it is a process in which they will find their ‘real’ self and their fulfilment in life. I see this as a stage in a persons life when you just accept who you are, the good and the bad parts, which I can relate to. I think that everyone will go through a stage in their life when they don’t want to be different or considered ‘weird’, especially in high school, but once you reach that ‘stage of individuation’ you are more accepting of yourself.
c. Archetypes are what Jung describes as “genetic blueprints for ideal types of behaviour.”
The King: Provides order through law and is the one who keeps the peace and order.
The Warrior: Possesses aggressive energy and is very sure of himself, he knows his goals and how to achieve them. He is selfless and fights for causes for humanity rather than for himself, although sometimes he is seen as emotionally distant.
The Magician: Is the teacher and initiator.
The Lover: Is the passionate figure, the one connected to others who seeks unity and oneness.
d. The Shadow is a persons ‘dark’ or negative side, it is a side that is repressed and exists in our unconscious. This ties in with individuation as that is when we recognise our shadow self and embrace it so it becomes apart of our personality
e. Jung uses his anima (feminine) and animus (masculine) theory to deal with gender issues, he believes that both men and woman possess the opposite in their unconscious. Men possess an anima and women, an animus. The discovery of the anima or animus is a stage of individuation.
f. Mythopoesis is essentially creation of myths. Mythical worlds include J.R.R Tolkeins ‘Middle Earth’ in The Lord of the Rings, and also C.S Lewis’ Narnia. There are also myths in popular culture, for example, vampires in television series such as Buffy and True Blood and movies such as Underworld and Blade.
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