A Jungian Psychology Approach To Anxiety


Anxiety is a widespread disorder in today's world, largely because we feel rushed, forced to work, forced to pay, to pay the mortgage, to deal with children and, moreover, to live a full life. No wonder we have anxiety. But what does anxiety try to tell us? From the point of view of Jungian psychology, anxiety is the way the psyche tells us that our way of life is unbalanced. Rather than considering anxiety as something to eliminate, with drugs, we must see that the psyche sends us a clear message about our unilateral life and kindly asks us to change that. With this in mind, the symptoms of anxiety are there to help us out of a way of life that no longer works.

Carl Jung argued that the symptoms of anxiety are intentional, functional, and are intended to change our way of life. When we eliminate symptoms with medication, we deny the wisdom of the psyche to bring about normal and natural changes. The anxiety often appears in the middle of life, while many of us are experiencing a midlife crisis. The first half of our life is about establishing our identity, our relationships, our occupation and building the resources to do all these things. But, there comes a time when we have to turn inward, meet the content of the unconscious (which is often provided in the form of dreams) and seek the essential meaning of life. What is my goal in life? Why am I here? How could I live a more balanced and natural life? It is anxiety that often drives us to answer these questions. The next time you feel intense anxiety, ask yourself what the psyche is trying to tell you. What do I do that creates anxiety, and then start addressing the causes of the symptoms rather than the healing?

If we answer the question – what is the anxiety that I'm trying to tell myself – we start to tackle the cause. It may mean a change in your way of life, but this change does not necessarily mean that you become less competent or less valued, but rather that you begin to value the wisdom of your psyche more than ever before. By tackling the causes of anxiety and changing one's lifestyle, it should be mitigated because its goal has been achieved: to lead to a more balanced and complete lifestyle. .


Source by John Betts

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