C.G. Jung and Jungian Analysis: Archetypes, Dreams, Myths, Imagination
This website describes Jungian analysis, the psychotherapy that C.G. Jung developed, and explains how to enter it.
If you would like more information about Jungian analysis, you may contact Michael Vannoy Adams by e-mail at adamsmv (at) aol (dot) com or by telephone at (212) 533-9395.
Michael Vannoy Adams
Photograph by Paul Kugler
Michael Vannoy Adams is an internationally prominent Jungian analyst in New York City.
He is a faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, a clinical associate professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and a faculty member at the New School, where he was previously associate provost.
Adams is the author of three important books:
- The Mythological Unconscious
- The Fantasy Principle: Psychoanalysis of the Imagination
- The Multicultural Imagination: "Race," Color, and the Unconscious
He is the recipient of three Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He has been a Marshall scholar in England and a Fulbright senior lecturer in India.
What is so distinctive — and so special — about Jungian analysis is that it emphasizes images. Jungian analysis exercises and explores the imagination.
"Every psychic process," Jung says, "is an image and an 'imagining.'" He says that "the psyche consists essentially of images" and, even more emphatically, that "image is psyche."
Vitally important images emerge from the unconscious in the dreams of everynight life and in the experiences of everyday life. They offer us a vividly precise, profoundly expansive vision of our intimate relations, our material aspirations, our artistic creations, and our spiritual obligations.
These images are both eloquently informative and radically transformative. With exquisite exactitude, they offer us valuable perspectives on what our life means - on who we have been, who we are, and who we might become.
Jungian analysis shows us how to interpret these images and how to engage them effectively so that we may live more consciously reflective and decisive lives. It offers us an opportunity to reimagine ourselves.
William Blake says: "If the Spectator could enter into these images in the imagination, approaching them on the Fiery Chariot of his Contemplative Thought, if he could enter into Noah's Rainbow … or could make a Friend & Companion of these images of wonder … then he would be happy."
Jungian analysis shows us how to live more imaginatively - and more happily - as we love, work, and play.
For more information about Jungian analysis as Michael Vannoy Adams practices it, read "For Love of the Imagination."
Michael Vannoy Adams, D.Phil., L.C.S.W.
E-mail: adamsmv (at) aol (dot) com
Telephone: (212) 533-9395