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  • We explore the subject of individuation, the path towards self-realization and integrating our conscious persona with our personal unconscious. In this episode, we discuss the 3 primary challenges that pit the individual against the collective:
    • The individual self versus society
    • The ego versus the masses
    • The Self versus the world

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Debra Maldonado  00:27 

Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions. I am Debra Berndt Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. I have a great episode for you today — I can’t wait to get into it with you, Rob — about individuation, the three challenges of individuation. Before we begin, I do want to remind you, if you’re listening to us on Spotify, iTunes, or any other podcast services, don’t forget to subscribe so you can’t miss an episode. It’s gonna be a great series on individuation and the importance of it.

Robert Maldonado  00:57

We’re continuing the whole conversation we’ve been having about Jung’s contribution to psychology, to the world, to our work. We want to mention a couple of guests that we recently had on the program that really make our programs special for us. Dr. James Hollis, thank you so much for being on the show, people are still talking about the conversation we had with him. Then Linda Davies, the great author of so many wonderful books, she’s a dedicated student of the CreativeMind Process.

Debra Maldonado  01:38

I loved both of those interviews. If you haven’t listened to them, look in previous episodes and catch up, because they’re really wonderful. You don’t want to miss it. The three challenges of individuation. If you are familiar with Jung, you’ve heard the term “individuation”, but some people may have just found us. Let’s pretend they know nothing about individuation. Let’s define it first before we get into it.

Robert Maldonado  02:03

This is the cliff notes individuation. The main idea is that we’re not this persona that we identify with. Jung believed that it’s an important function we carry out in society, that we create and develop this persona, but that we’re meant to individuate, to become much more than our persona.

Debra Maldonado  02:32

When we think of persona, think of it as your conscious personality. Most people stop there, they think “I’m going to improve what I’m aware of about myself, become more self-aware.” But they think it’s the conscious part that they’re aware of. Jung in his wisdom said there’s a whole other part of us that’s unconscious. That’s really what we’re doing with individuation. It’s being able to look beyond just that persona, that conscious personality, and shining up the ego, polishing up the persona, but discovering who we are inside on a deep level.

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