What is Depth Psychology?
The term "depth psychology" was coined at the turn of the twentieth century by Eugen Bleuler, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Zürich and director (1898-1927) of the Burghölzli Asylum in Zürich, where C. G. Jung began his career as a psychiatrist. It has become used by Freudians and Jungians to indicate those psychologies that orient themselves around the idea of the "unconscious."
The Core Ideas Behind Depth Psychology
Depth Psychology is an interdisciplinary endeavor, drawing on literature, philosophy, mythology, the arts, and critical studies. Concepts and practices at the core of depth psychology are central to Pacifica's degree programs and each graduate degree's curriculum is enlivened and deepened by the integration of its ideas.
A Fertile, Expanding Field
Evidence for the efficacy of depth psychological approaches to psychotherapy is growing, as studies show that depth psychology has a longer-lasting and more profound impact than cognitive or behavioral psychologies alone. Depth psychological approaches to psychotherapy are now joined by depth psychological approaches to community, cultural, and ecological issues. Pacifica students and graduates help dream the field forward through their scholarship, creative work, and actions in the world.
Alumni and Faculty Reflections on the Work of Depth Psychology
"Depth psychology could be seen as a long process of exploration and listening at the margins of all collective thought that now involves practitioners on every continent." –Jungian Analyst Helene Shulman Lorenz
"The study of myth and depth psychology opens the full range of the human senses and psyche -- for me it has enabled an ability to listen with more than my ears, to see with more than my eyes, and to engage life with passion and compassion." –Dana White, Alumnus Ph.D. Mythological Studies
"...this long marriage between myself and depth psychology has been possible because I found in depth psychology a basic orientation to being that seeks to allow what is to be present in its animation and its difference. It is a desire for the liberation of being."-–Pacifica Faculty member Mary Watkins Ph.D., Seeding Liberation; A dialogue between Depth Psychology and Liberation Psychology
"Depth psychologists…love to look for signs that 'psyche' is speaking to us, and one way we hear her voice is through the presence of synchronicities." –Pacifica Faculty member Jennifer Selig Ph.D., excerpted from the compilation Occupy Psyche: Jungian and Archetypal Perspectives on a Movement
"I find that I have access to a deep sense of compassion because of depth psychology's understanding of how the psyche is affected by every experience, by our memories, culture, ancestry and even our biology." –Tayria Ward, Alumna Ph.D. Depth Psychology