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The Self-Regulation of the Psyche


  1. Difficulty of adaptation. Difficulty in progression of energy.

  2. Regression of libido (depression, lack of disposable energy).

  3. Activation of unconscious contents (infantile fantasies, complexes, archetypal images, inferior function, opposite attitude, shadow, anima/animus, etc.). Compensation.

  4. Formation of neurotic symptoms (confusion, fear, anxiety, guilt, moods, addictions, emotional volatility, etc.).

  5. Unconscious or half-conscious conflict between the ego and contents activated in the unconscious. Inner tension. Defensive reactions.

  6. Activation of the transcendent function, involving the Self and archetypal patterns of wholeness (mandalas, etc.).

  7. Formation of symbols (numinosity, synchronicity).

  8. Transfer of energy between unconscious contents and consciousness. Enlargement of the ego, renewed progression of energy.

  9. Integration of unconscious contents. Active involvement in the process of individuation.

  10. A renewed zest for life, with a focus on where one’s energy wants to go.


From Daryl Sharp, Jung Uncorked: Rare Vintages from the Cellar of Analytical Psychology, Book One, p. 99; Inner City Books, 2008. All rights reserved. Free distribution permitted with credit to source