Overview of Terms and Concepts

Dr. Moore's primary area of research, Neo-Jungian Structural Psychoanalysis, is the result of almost three decades of research. Learn more background information.

Jungian Studies
Carl Gustav Jung founded the school of analytical or "depth" psychology. His approach provides a truly transcultural understanding of the human psyche and the overall framework for Dr. Moore's work. Discover more about Carl Jung.

Archetype Defined
Jung and his successors have found that on the level of the deep unconscious the psyche of every person is grounded in what Jung called the "collective unconscious," made up of instinctual patterns and energy configurations probably inherited genetically throughout the generations of our species. These archetypes provide the very foundations of our behaviors - our thinking, our feeling, and our characteristic human reactions. Learn more about archetypes.

Archetypal Structures
The psyche's archetypal structures serve as conduits for great charges of primal psychological energy. Because of their own dynamic configuration, they mold this energy, imparting to it their particular patterns. For any individual the archetypes may be creative and life-enhancing or destructive and death-dealing. Discover more about the psyche's archetypal structures.

Theory Overview
Some Jungian analysts romanticize the archetypes. They encourage their clients to find and claim the particular archetype or myth that has organized their lives. Life then becomes a process of affirming and living out this myth. However, our goal should not be to identify with an archetypal pattern, or to allow a mythic expression of it to make our lives what it will. For when we romantically identify with any archetype we cease to be viable human beings moving toward wholeness. Explore Dr. Moore's theory in more detail.