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Frequently Asked Questions

The Jungian Approach

At Joy Collage we nurture and update our know-how through the study of various approaches and disciplines. Our specialty is the humanities in general and Jungian-oriented psychology in particular. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist who, after his break with Sigmund Freud's school of psychoanalysis, brought a new perspective to the approach of the levels and unconscious elements of the psychic structure through his theory of complexes and the collective unconscious.

The collective unconscious is that dimension of the psyche that is common to all human beings and that transcends the personal unconscious; therefore, its nature is universal and archetypal. This dimension reveals universal patterns of behavior and feeling called archetypes, which leave their imprint on images through dreams, myths, stories, games, the arts and other expressive forms of human experience that have remained alive in cultures and individuals since ancient times. Coming into contact with the unconscious and integrating it into our lives is essential on the path of self-discovery and creation because otherwise we stay at the mercy of its irruptions, often violent, that perpetuate the circle of suffering and impossibility of achieving the transformations that we long for.

Jungian-oriented psychology considers art and other forms of creative expression as part of that great heritage that is inherent to the psyche. That is why in Joy Collage we see each individual as a highly creative being, with the potential to express her-himself in a free and authentic way, and with the capacity to reinvent her-himself and become the being that she-he truly is. We consider the creative work with images essential when navigating the waters of the unconscious since images are guides and messengers of the depths of the soul. They are internal and external figures who communicate the mystery and truths of our human experience and invite us to live in consonance with the heart, from a mythopoetic, ecstatic and aesthetic perspective, in connection with the essential and transcendent.

In the current era, where the search for meaning and depth in the midst of individual and collective chaos is urgent, Jungian psychology takes on great relevance. Today more than ever, we are called to carry out our inner work or alchemical opus, to transform the massa confussa into the elixir of life. We are condemned to be free, said the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, and therefore, heeding this call is a personal and non-transferable decision. It is the decision that leads to a conscious awakening, a recognition of the profoundly mysterious and creative that dwells within us and that can only be realized in relation to others and the world.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.

Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.

—Carl Gustav Jung