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Extension of Jungian Theory

17 April 1998


C. G. Jung's theories provide the foundation for this conceptual clarification of the phenomenon of self-identified evil in adult, outpatient, psychodynamic psychotherapy clients. Jung's concepts regarding the intrapsychic moral and relational dialectical processes are expanded by the addition of an interpersonal dimension and a temporal dimension. Treatment implications emerging from
the extension of theory are: (a) clients may benefit from both intrapsychic and interpersonal relational; (b) moral development occurs in the process of relational development; and (c) the most important determinant in the
encounter with intrapsychic evil is the ego's capacity for
conscious relatedness.


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