Figure 8. Wave Model of Jung's Psyche.
Figure 9 shows the dynamics of the psyche in terms of the flow of libido. The libido in the psyche manifests itself tothe ego as images, and does so through the creative power of the imagination (Jacobi, 1973). The imagination producesimages from unconscious contents and provides them to the ego where they become conscious. In this way, theimagination, in the personal unconscious, serves as a transmitter which “transforms the chaos of the unconscious contentsinto such images as appear in dreams, fantasies, visions, and every variety of creative art” (p. 59). The significance or meaning attributed to any image depends upon its
or level of libido (we will attempt to quantify intensitylater).Libido flows throughout the psyche, seeking balance and harmony. Neurotic symptoms and complexes are causedwhen this flow becomes dammed or blocked for any reason.
Figure 9. Libido Model of Jung's Psyche.
Open Systems Model
Figure 10 shows a model of the psyche as an open system (adapted from Jacobi 1973). Here the center of thepsyche is the Self, balanced by the ego together with the shadow balanced by the persona. This model illustrates the opennature of Jung’s view of the psyche. At the conscious end, the
acts as a filter for the ego to the external world,while at the unconscious end, the archetype of the
acts as a filter to the collective unconscious. Thepersona is created by the ego as a defense mechanism for the shadow and the two energies tend to balance each other.
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