A Jungian (or analytical) approach to group psychotherapy is a unique psychodynamic, or depth, therapy that seeks to foster the wholeness and unique personal characteristics of the patient in a psychotherapy group. Jungian approaches to group psychotherapy integrate the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961), a Swiss psychiatrist and one of the seminal psychotherapists and thinkers of the 20th century. Jung’s analytical psychology suggests that each individual’s unconscious contains the drive for a unique expression of the person’s life; thus, analytical psychology seeks to bring the individual in contact with his or her own unconscious purpose in life and to encourage its expression. Because of his emphasis on the unique individual potential and wholeness of each patient, Jung himself was not enthusiastic about the ...

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