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The Symbol of Integration of the Opposite Poles Experienced in the Process of Individuation: Mother

  • Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy
  • Abbr : JSST
  • 2017, 8(2), pp.41-56
  • Publisher : Korean Society for Sandplay Therapy
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science > Counseling Psychology / Psychotherapy

Kim Kyung Nam 1

1남서울대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the mother symbol for a female client in her early thirties by focusing on the dream series and sandplay box referred to in the sandplay therapy course. By focusing on the three themes of nurturing mother, ambivalent mother, and terrible mother, this female client integrates the personal unconscious and the mother archetype energy of the collective conscious in an interesting and sincere journey. As a result, it is possible to see how negative mother archetype transforms into creative and positive energy. Sand play therapy, which provides a safe place for the client’s unconscious work, and the mother symbols which appeared in the dream to aid in the healthy self-function of consciousness, helped the client to have appropriate emotional control. It also had a positive effect on improving her physical illness. In addition, this study will examine examples of sandplay of both adults and children, archetypal products and others in order to help understand the three mother symbols. The frequent appearance of the mother figure during the individual process, through the exploration of the inner world, is significant of the many things that need to be resolved within the relationships with one’s own mother and even with the archetypal mother.

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