Happy Birthday, Carl Jung: Screenwriting Guru!

Swiss psychotherapist and founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung was born today in 1875. He died in 1961 at the age of 85. Jung’s influence the field of psychology as well as culturally is profound. For example, the concepts of introvert and extravert derive from Jung. Collective unconscious . Also from Jung. The Myers-Brigg Type Indicator was developed from Jung’s theories. Synchronicity, archetype, shadow , and many more of Jung’s ideas have become part of our conceptual currency. Like this: Screenwriters and filmmakers owe it to themselves to study Jung. Think you understand the Hero’s Journey? You’ve only scratched the surface until you see the enormous influence Jung had on Joseph Campbell, so much so the latter edited “The Portable Jung” . The dynamic of the Protagonist transformation arc? In my view, no one provides a better language system than Jung who calls it “ individuation “. How about Jung’s interpretation of dream patterns? The dream begins with a statement of place, next comes a statement about the protagonist. I call this phase of the dream the exposition . It indicates the scene of action, the people involved, and also often the initial situation of the dream way. The […]

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