1st Edition

Contemporary Voices on Individuation C.G. Jung’s Legacy for the Modern World

Edited By Giorgio Tricarico Copyright 2025
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    This new collection of essays by a range of Jungian analysts and scholars seeks to address the concept of individuation in contemporary times, and reflects on its meaning within the 21st century.

    The concept of individuation is at the core of Analytical Psychology, and can be considered the main legacy of C.G. Jung’s body of work. And yet, in the collective culture, Jung seems to be mostly associated with the concepts of archetypes, collective unconscious and psychological types. Opening with a compelling conversation on the topic with Professor Sonu Shamdasani, the authors within this volume will delve into the concept of individuation and explore it in conjunction with clinical processes, synchronicities, the geopolitics of psychology and decolonial reciprocity, traditional healers and the Grail Legend, homosexuality and identity politics, polyamory and co-individuation, and with temporality and mortality.

    Featuring a wide range of perspectives from an international cast of authors, this volume will be of great interest to Jungian analysts, students and scholars interested in depth psychology and Jungian theory and anyone wanting to learn more about individuation.

    1. Introduction

    Giorgio Tricarico

    2. A Conversation with Sonu Shamdasani

    Giorgio Tricarico

    3. Individuation: the Three Main Decisions in Life Require Taking Risk

    Martin Schmidt

    4. “I did the best I could at the time”. An Invitation to Individuate?

    Kerrie Kirkwood

    5. Individuation: Clinical Process or Romantic Ideal?

    Mark Winborn

    6. Synchronicity and Individuation: Meaningful Coincidences as Turning Points in Human Development

    Marina Conti

    7. Individuation beyond the Individual: From Atrial Fibrillation to the Biopolitics of Empathy

    Antonio Lanfranchi

    8. How to Be in the Presence of Bounty

    Barbara H. Miller

    9. Lesbian Identity as a Path to Individuation

    Carolina Guíñez

    10. At the Intersection of Identity Politics and Individuation

    Barry Miller

    11. Individuation and Polyamory

    Giorgio Tricarico

    12. Temporality, Meaning, Wholeness: Revisiting C.G. Jung’s Notion of Individuation

    Marco H. Barreto


    Giorgio Tricarico is a psychologist, psychotherapist, Jungian analyst and supervisor, member of the IAAP. He has worked with adult patients since 1998. He is an international lecturer on relevant issues in Analytical Psychology, a writer of articles and books (published by Routledge: The Labyrinth of Possibility, and Lost Goddesses: A Kaleidoscope on Porn), and is an independent researcher on porn and ethical non-monogamy.