Analytical psychology and cinema

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For a long time, Jung had been an unwelcome name at film and media conferences, short of unmentionable. Seen as conservative, apolitical, antiscientific, bizarre and obscure, Jungian theory has been ignored by cultural studies for decades. Only the idea of the archetype has more or less managed to establish itself as a critical term. As one young (and a little overambitious) film scholar told me recently, with a smile, ‘Jung? To analyse films? Interesting idea; never heard of it’. In a way, using Jung to analyse film narratives is an equivalent to thinking outside the box—to challenge the established norm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-136
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Analytical Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • psychology
  • cinema


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