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Carl Jung - Male & Female Archetypes - balance in life through Therapy

Carl Jung (1875-1961) Eminent Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalysis. Founder of analytical psychology and one time collaborator with Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).

His ideas and psychology are still relevant today.


Jung had a life long interest in the ‘numinous’ i.e. spirituality, mythology. He coined the term the ‘collective unconscious’ this being something we are born with in the same way as our physical self. In the ‘collective unconscious’ we have “archaic residues” where we have a collective sense of archetypes like mother earth, the wise man, the warrior, etc. These would be recognisable in fairy tales, literature and film, for instance Marilyn Monroe was quintessentially the “lover.” These archetypes can filter through in our dreams, as intuition, or can be tapped into through creative play or meditation.


Jung felt the purpose of this ‘collective unconscious’ was to assist in our psychological development, which he saw as a lifelong process. He considered we should always be reaching for the unique Self, a process which he called ‘individuation’ and that as human beings we have to be aware of all the parts that make us, both good and bad, as we are unable to find balance if one or other is in supremacy.


It is impossible to explain the human psyche, it is hugely complicated. Beliefs such as spirituality, the supernatural and mythology are subjective. There are many things we cannot prove but that does not mean they have no meaning for us as human beings either individually or collectively.


As a psychotherapist, balance is a common theme, whether it be work/life balance, or balance in our thinking. For instance, negative thoughts can be a common and destructive force in our lives. Many of us use exercise regimes, online gaming, complementary therapies, self help books, visits to the beautician, nail bar or hairdresser looking for balance in our lives and ways to feel good.

For me as a psychotherapist, taking genuine care of ourselves, mentally is as important as taking care of ourselves physically. Spending time working on our inner self can be the ultimate place to find balance.






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The Ultimate in Self Care

I remember some years ago reading for the first time the books,Loves Executioner and The Gift of Therapy by the eminent American Psychiatrist Irving Yalom. I found the tone and empathy he felt for his patients and the human spirit was palpable.

It has always seemed to me that Americans seem to have a fascination with therapy, to see it as an exercise in personal growth, as opposed to the stigma which is still attached to it in the UK and Europe generally.

Any of you who are ‘Suits’ fans will recall with humour and affection the relationship of the wonderful character ’Louis Litt’ and his Psychatrist ‘Stan Lipschitz’ - the emergence of Louis managing his feelings and able to become his true self. This is of course a story, but I am sure we can all recognise these themes in our lives. Lashing out as we do, not knowing how to deal with our feelings and situations, not fully understand our emotions.

It has also been well documented that Brad Pitt has been in therapy and reported in

Q Magazine “I love it, I love it.”

In my experience we still see going to counselling or therapy

as something you do when you are in crisis, it need not be, it can be the best self care you can give to yourself.

‘The Gift of Therapy’





Updated: Sep 28

'The Telomere Effect; Black E. PhD & Epel E. PhD (Orion Spring 2017) proof that we need to look after our physical and mental health for a healthy and longer life.


Our physical & mental health & wellbeing go hand in hand and one should not be ignored at the expense of the other. This was confirmed in an amazing book & relatively new discovery ‘ The Telomere Effect’ by Elizabeth Blackburn PhD & Elissa Epel PhD (Orion Spring, 2017)


A Telomere is a part of our DNA, we either have long or short Telomeres. If short the Telomere can negatively affect our ageing and physical health. Those with longer Telomeres have a longer healthspan and show their age later. It is also possible that those with longer Telomeres can actively shorten these and reverse the positive effect they were born with.


However, what is amazing is that it is possible to slow or reverse this process and lengthen Telomeres and hopefully your longevity, health & wellbeing.


Those things that we all know are good for us, are good for our Telomeres, eating well, regular exercise, mindfulness, resilient thinking, positivity, compassion for self and others.


Trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, rumination where we ponder on problems over and over again, those that regularly participate in rumination experience more depression and anxiety, these things can all, potentially shorten our Telomeres.


Proof if needed, that looking after ourselves both physically and mentality is essential.

Self-care is an imperative.


tel: 07753 247552

email: Lynda.Kynes@btinternet.com

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