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The dark night of the soul is a transformative experience that occurs when we face a loss of meaning and are forced to confront our own shadow. In this episode, we explore why the dark night of the soul is important and Jung’s experience with this phenomenon. We discuss:

  • Jung’s dark night of the soul experience 
  • What to do when you have a dark night of the soul
  • The difference between depression and a dark night of the soul
  • How the dark night of the soul is a psychological purification 

This content is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any physical, mental or emotional issue, disease or condition. If you are experiencing a mental health issue, please contact a professional.

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Berndt Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. We’re excited to share this next episode with you, continuing our series on the great mind of Carl Jung and what he contributed to psychology. This is one of the biggest concepts that he’s contributed, which is the dark night of the soul. Getting a lot of requests for this topic. Sit back, open your mind and heart to hearing about the dark night. But before we begin, I do want to mention, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and make sure you’re getting notifications of every episode. We’d love to hear from you. So the dark night — not the Batman movie — but a widely known, but often misunderstood aspect of Jung’s work, we’re going to lay it out for you today.

Robert Maldonado  01:22

What it is, what it’s not.

Debra Maldonado  01:24

And why you should do it. Why you should accept it and welcome it.

Robert Maldonado  01:28

The gift of the dark night of the soul. Let’s start with Jung himself, because he underwent a dark night of the soul. That’s where the good stuff comes from. If we talk about active imagination, understanding the unconscious, integrating the shadow, the individuation process, it all came through his dark night of the soul. In 1913, Jung, who was really heir to Freud’s work and was set to take over as the crown prince for Freud, they have a breakup, they dissolve their friendship and collaboration. In essence, Jung finds himself out of the club, drifting, no career goal or path anymore. He had invested a lot in his relationship with Freud and was said to become the heir of the psychoanalytic movement, which was big at that time. It was the cutting edge of psychology, psychopathology, all these incredible movements that were going on at that time.

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