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  1. Introduction.
  2. Part 1.
    1. Andrew Samuels - distinguishing between three schools of Jungian thought.
    2. The developmental school.
    3. David Tacey's arguement on the International Association for Jungian Studies.
    4. JPC psychology.
  3. Part 2.
    1. Edward Edinger in the Jungian world.
    2. The self and whatever fulfils the person.
    3. Borrowings from the non-west or fringe-west.
  4. Conclusion.

In this essay we are presenting a potential new Post-Jungian psychology. The psychology that I will be expressing is one of Jungian Psychoanalytical Cultural Psychology (JPC). One thing that I have noticed in my psychological studies is that the Jungian, psychoanalytical, Freudian, Adlerian (etc) terminology fits best with those who are neurotic. You may say ?obviously' so because such psychologists talk a lot about mental illness. But they (Jung especially) talk about health as well. Remember that Jung is associated with meaning, religion, myth, numinosity. However, in everyday life Jung's psychology can most easily be applied to the psychologically un-well? those with complexes, those with psychological conflicts, those who dissociate (crumble), those who repress and are in denial, those who fail to integrate psychic material and those who therefore remain neurotic personalities. What is life about?

[...] The point here is that there are similarities to the Developmental school of analytical psychology due to our emphasis on stages. But it should be noted that that essay was about mental illness and evolving out of it. It only touched on meaning. Hence that essay is part of JPC Psychology and should be read by those wanting an introductory essay on neurosis. Whilst more will be said in that area we are here, in this essay, going to focus on the Self. [...]

[...] JPC Psychology contextualizes the psychological. It places the psychological within cultural context. Hence the Jungian terms, many of which we agree with, are necessary but they are necessary for us in a modern western setting. The term ?ego' was once irrelevant and therefore didn't exist. Whilst ?Self' didn't exist because traditional religion filled that space, hence there wasn't a need for someone like Jung there wasn't a gap in the market that needed filling. For Jung the ego is born out of the unconscious. [...]

[...] If out western civilization has a possibility of survival, it would be by accepting the alchemical myth, which is a richer completion and continuation of the Christian myth.?5 However, alchemy is dead in our culture and isn't even the force that it once was within Jungian psychology. Von Franz' attitude therefore reflects the pre-modern Jungian thinking that Wolfgang Giegerich discusses in his essay titled The End of Meaning and the Birth of Man.6 One will not experience cultural in-ness if they have their head in the middle ages. The analytical psychologist and analyst, Michael Fordham echoed these sentiments. [...]

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