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The Dialogical Jung: Otherness within the Self
Psychology Department, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina S4S 0A2, SK, Canada
Received: 25 September 2013; in revised form: 13 November 2013 / Accepted: 15 November 2013 / Published: 21 November 2013
Abstract: This paper explores dialogical currents in Jung’s analytical psychology, with reference to contemporary theories of the dialogical self. The dialogical self is a notion that has gained increasing currency in psychology since the 1990s, in response to the limitations of traditional notions of the self, based on monological, encapsulated consciousness. Modern dialogical self theory construes the self as irrevocably embedded in a matrix of real and imagined dialogues with others. The theme of dialogical otherness within the self is also taken up in Jung’s analytical psychology, both in the practice of active imagination and psychotherapy and in the theory of archetypes, and a dialogical approach to inquiry is evident in Jung’s work from the outset. The implications of a dialogical re-conceptualization of analytical psychology and of analytical psychology for dialogical theory are considered in detail.
Keywords: analytical psychology; dialogical self; archetypes; otherness
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Smythe, W.E. The Dialogical Jung: Otherness within the Self. Behav. Sci. 2013, 3, 634-646.
Smythe WE. The Dialogical Jung: Otherness within the Self. Behavioral Sciences. 2013; 3(4):634-646.
Smythe, William E. 2013. "The Dialogical Jung: Otherness within the Self." Behav. Sci. 3, no. 4: 634-646.