The work of C. G. Jung focused the objectivity of depth psychology on the experience of “Meaning.” A deeply subjective experience, “Meaning” defies absolute definition, though it is essentially an historical intuition, a self-recognition of personal uniqueness within our fundamental humanity. Jung's signature construct of the “collective unconscious" represents this experience in the idea that there is one psyche, personified as one transcendent subject, whose biography is recorded as mythology. Jung detected in mythology the subject as a “higher unity of history.”
The Neoclassical Jungian perspective aims to blend Jung's historical viewpoint (classical) with insights derived from post-Jungian cultural discourses (neo) so as to engage the unprecedented psychological distress of our contemporary historical “moment.” In this neoclassical perspective, this distress is termed Encapsulation.
Within this web site, visitors interested in the Neoclassical perspective and interpretation will find a Neoclassical glossary as well as contributions that examine cultural “texts” - including literature and film – and issues pertaining to Jungian theory and practice, the history of psychoanalysis, mythology, religious symbols, and other topic relevant to depth psychology.
In addition, visitors can participate in an interactive blog dedicated to elaborating the Neoclassical Jungian perspective.