analytical psychology

noun

variants or less commonly analytic psychology
: an approach to psychology and psychotherapy that is based on the theories and methods of Carl Gustav Jung and represents a modification of Freudian psychoanalysis which adds to the concept of the personal unconscious a collective unconscious and the process of individuation (see individuation sense 1c) and advocates that psychotherapy be conducted in terms of the patient's present-day conflicts and maladjustments
Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, observed that his least-happy patients were always the most self-absorbed, and the most happy were those most interested in other people and the world around them.Gyles Brandreth
… Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology who had a famous break with Sigmund Freud over the role of the unconscious mind in aberrant behavior.Jeffrey Mullins

Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of analytical psychology was in 1915

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“Analytical psychology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analytical%20psychology. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

analytical psychology

noun
variants also analytic psychology
: an approach to psychology and psychotherapy that is based on the theories and methods of C. G. Jung and represents a modification of Freudian psychoanalysis which adds to the concept of the personal unconscious a collective unconscious and the process of individuation (see individuation sense 1) and advocates that psychotherapy be conducted in terms of the patient's present-day conflicts and maladjustments
Jungian psychoanalysts apply the insights of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who lived from 1875 to 1961 and founded analytical psychology.Chicago Tribune
… Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology who had a famous break with Sigmund Freud over the role of the unconscious mind in aberrant behavior.Jeffrey Mullins, Elko (Nevada) Daily Free Press
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