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The Dialogical Jung: Otherness within the Self

Psychology Department, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina S4S 0A2, SK, Canada
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(4), 634-646;
Received: 25 September 2013 / Revised: 13 November 2013 / Accepted: 15 November 2013 / Published: 21 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Analytical Psychology: Theory and Practice)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: analytical psychology; dialogical self; archetypes; otherness 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.

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