John Suler's Teaching Clinical Psychology

What about Jung?

Carl Jung is perhaps too easily overlooked in undergraduate teaching. Because scientific psychology, as well as traditional psychoanalysis, tends to devalue anything vaguely mystical, spiritual, or transpersonal, Jung's work becomes a prime candidate for scapegoating or neglect. Precisely because Jung focusses on dimensions of human experience that are not readily explained by or amenable to more conservative perspectives, I feel his work needs to be explained fairly and accurately to undergraduates. Concepts such as synchronity, archetypes, the collective unconscious, and anima/animus are not just fascinating, but powerful in their ability to capture aspects of the psyche not fully explored by other theories.

Jung's ideas have been particularly useful in the I Ching, Imagined House, and Shadow exercises that I use in class.

collective unconscious

The Collective Unconscious