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“One of the psychological patterns that can make it difficult to unplug is work addiction. With work addiction, it’s not just the electronic devices we are plugged into. It’s another “power source,” an internal one that can either energize us or fry us.
Sometimes we work intensely to prove ourselves to ourselves and to others. Feeling inadequate, guilty or even angry, we push ourselves to accomplish amazing feats. In Jungian terms, we identify with the archetype of the hero. We plug into an instinctual energy which gives us a needed sense of mastery or agency — a rewarding sense of overcoming a challenge, with the result that we feel reassured about our value. This is one of our most fundamental needs and best sources of fulfillment. Humans would not have gotten where we are today without it — for better and worse.”
“Pythia: What is the difference between Jungian analysis and a more conventional psychological approach?
Marion: The Jungian approach speaks to the soul. In a Jungian analysis you are trying to know who you really are through opening to the unconscious and working with your dreams. The more you work with your dreams and your unconscious, and honor it, the more you understand it and it understands you. When you develop a relationship with your psyche this way, you begin to carry that energy into life and your relationships.”
Read the full interview here.