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Title: Re-appraising C.G. Jung's personality theory
Author: Crellin, Clare
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 2575
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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, Outside Jungian analytical psychology, Jung is categorised as a personality "theorist. Because, historically, evaluations of Jung's personality theory have given rise to myths, misrepresentations and misunderstandings about Jung's work, a re-appraisal of his reputation as a personality theorist is long overdue. The resulting marginalisation of his theory of personality restricts Jung scholarship, limits opportunities for research, and minimises the public accessibility of Jungian psychotherapy. My approach is hermeneutical. By surveying more than is usual in what is defined as Jung's personality theory I reveal a far wider scope to his ideas on personality than is generally appreciated. I discuss criteria for evaluating theories of personality and develop a broader set of subjective and objective criteria that reveal the relevance and value of Jung's theory. I argue that Jung restores the sense of unity of personality and brings a transcendent angle, broadening the scope of personality theory. In part I, I examine the place of religion in Jung's theory. I consider the close connection between Jung's work on alchemy and his key concepts: individuation and the self. I explore the links between Jung's use of active imagination in Liber Novus (Jung's Red Book) and his typology, and examine the function of Jung's concept of the archetypes in the formative and transformative processes of personality development. The second part focuses on evaluation. I critically review the presentation of Jung's theory in textbooks of personality from the 193 Os onwards and identify significant flaws in the representation of his life and theoretical ideas. I discuss their impact on Jung's reputation in the psychological professions. Finally, I apply my criteria to re-evaluating Jung's personality theory with particular focus on consciousness and the unconscious, and archetypes. I suggest possible directions for a programme of further evaluation and research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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