Analytical psychology and EMDR:  “active imagination” and “eye movements” in Jungian practice


In this paper I shall be talking about the integration of eye movements in Jungian analysis. I am going to open my paper with a short historical premise, in order to frame Carl Gustav Jung's analytical psychology within the broader context of depth psychologies; then I shall be describing the most important concepts of Jungian model and the methodology of active imagination, explaining, to the end, through a short clinical example, the reasons why I have been induced to integrate 'eye movements' and 'active imagination' in the analytical setting, to process, in particular, 'opaque' somatic symptoms. The aim of this paper is to point out, on the one hand, the surprising affinity among some aspects of the Jungian model, EMDR and the results of contemporary neuro-scientific trauma researchs and to show, on the other hand, the synergic effect of eye movements and active imagination in enlightening and unconscious sufferings.






Marta Tibaldi

Original Work Citation

Tibaldi, M. (1996, June). Analytical psychology and EMDR: 'Active imagination' and 'eye movements' in Jungian practice. Presentation at the 1st EMDR International Association Conference, Denver, CO



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