Jung and Assagioli : an integrative study of the therapeutic use of symbols
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Jung and Assagioli represent two of the major proponents of a growth oriented psychology that includes the spiritual dimension of humankind. Jung's work with the symbolic life and its ramifications in the total life of the individual is complemented by Assagioli's practical training in symbol utilization. This study presents a broad overview of aspects of Analytical Psychology that are pertinent to an understanding of Jung's work on symbolism and the transcendent function. These aspects are: directed and associative thinking; psychological orienting functions; personal collective unconscious; archetypes and individuation. Selected aspects of Psychosynthesis are presented to elucidate Assagioli's training of the imagination. They are: the concept of the will; aligning the individual around the self and the concept of transcendence. This study shows the complementary nature of Jung and Assagioli's therapeutic use of symbols and imagery.