Growth, Individuation and Psychological Development

The goal of Jung’s work with patients was to help them grow, to become the individuals that they had the potential to be. He called this process of psychological growth individuation. In his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung explained,

“I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success or money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually contained within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop, into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears. For that reason the idea of development was always of the highest importance to me.”