Transformation of archetypes and symbolic images in the psyche through group psychotherapy. Case study (part two).

  • O.D. Lytvynenko I.I. Mechnikov ONU
Keywords: group psychotherapy, personal fairy tale, analytical psychology, fairy tales analysis, archetype, symbol.


The article presents the second part of the description of the case analysis of a personal fairy tale, which was created in the process of group psychotherapeutic work. The personal tale was based on Jung's analytical approach. The qualitative analysis made it possible to record changes in the psyche through the transformation of archetypical images and symbols. The archetype of Transformation is considered to be important for understanding the content of fairytales: changing and transforming personality under the influence of the integration of unconscious meanings. It was considered how the transformation of archetypical and symbolic images in the psyche initiates changes in individual psychological and characteristic behavioral characteristics. It is established that the stages of the process of individualization according to    Jung, which we tried to examine on the example of the fairy tale are as follows: in the realization of Shadow and the integration of the senses of the personal unconscious represented in it; in the awareness and destruction of the Person, which distorts the true essence individually, distancing from the Person; clarifying the circumstances with Anima or Animus, establishing connections with the unconscious through integrated Anima/Animus; refusing to identify with the mana-personality archetype and assimilation of its meanings with self-determination; 


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How to Cite
Lytvynenko, O. (2021). Transformation of archetypes and symbolic images in the psyche through group psychotherapy. Case study (part two). Fundamental and Applied Researches in Practice of Leading Scientific Schools, 43(1), 64-72. Retrieved from