Individuation: A Lifelong Journey



This seminar examines the principle described by Carl Jung as “Individuation.” Individuation is a lifelong developmental process that usually involves separating from parents, establishing success in love and work, integrating disowned parts of one’s self, breaking away from societal and family expectations, listening to one’s unconscious, and finding an ultimate wholeness and balance in life. It is the ultimate goal and challenge for those of us striving to live life to its fullest.

Dr. Stein offers an in-depth exploration of the principles of individuation and how to use these concepts both clinically and personally. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading Jungian minds.


Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a training analyst and president of the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland (ISAP Zurich). He is the author of The Principle of Individuation and many other books and articles in the field of Jungian Psychoanalysis. He is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. From 2001 to 2004 he was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He is a highly sought after international lecturer and presently makes his home in Switzerland.

Learning objectives:

1. List the 2 halves of life described by Carl Jung and give examples of the major developmental transitions in each phase.
2. Compare Jung’s theory of individuation with other theories of psychological and spiritual development, including Sigmund Freud and Erik Erickson.
3. Give examples of clinical applications of the individuation process in specific therapy cases.

Outline of talk:

Jungian understanding of the individuation process
Late adulthood
Old age
Jung’s notion of the two phases of life
First half
Second half
Erich Neumann’s three stages of Individuation
Clinical Applications of Individuation Theory
1) Creating a diagnostic profile and setting goals
2) Adjusting methods according to individual conditions of the client
3) Understanding more clearly the material that is produced over the course of long-term therapy.
Advanced Individuation in Special Cases
1) Radical reduction of ego identity through analysis
2) Synthesis of an extended identity through integration of archetypal material and the creation of a transcendent function.


1. The Principle of Individuation by Murray Stein, Chapter 1.
2. “The Relation between the Ego and the Unconscious: Part II – Individuation” by C.G. Jung, CW 7.



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