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

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


The article presents the first part of the study of the results of group psychotherapeutic work on the example of one case.  The procedure of group work and the task of the therapeutic program are described. The study involved a qualitative analysis in which individual psychological and behavioral characteristics of each of the participants in the group process were identified.  The subject of discussion of qualitative analysis was a personal fairy tale, which was written in the process of working in a group with a special therapeutic program in two versions – initial and final. The personal fairy tale was based on Jung's analytical approach, represented and developed in the psyche of archetypes: Ego, Person, Shadow, Anima, Animus and archetypical and symbolic images: Spirit, Forest, Sleep and others. There is shown  an illustration of the spontaneous objectivity of an archetype capable of unifying the personality, strengthening awareness ofthe intellectual situation and integrating the necessary information from the unconscious. Qualitative analysis allowed us to consider a personal fairy tale and understand what this text reports and how (the way of submission, distribution of time, events, space and characters). Qualitative analysis also proved that a personal fairy tale helped to identify and overcome problems, thanks to which it contributed to the formation and development of her personality.


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Lytvynenko, O. (2020). Transformation of archetypes and symbolic images in the psyche through group psychotherapy. Case study (part one). Fundamental and Applied Researches in Practice of Leading Scientific Schools, 42(6), 47-54.