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JSST. 2015;6(1): 63-78.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.150004
Mountain: Maternal Symbolism of Conceiving Individuation
Na Kyoung Lee
Department of Child Welfare, Doowon Technical University College
Corresponding Author: Na Kyoung Lee ,Email: lnkya@hanmail.net
Received: April 27, 2015; Revised: June 17, 2015   Accepted: June 20, 2015.  Published online: June 30, 2015.
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In this article, the maternal symbolism of the mountain conceiving individuation was examined in the context of analytical psychology. Three significant symbolic meanings were identified: the mountain as maternity, the mountain as the one that brings about ego development, and which induces individuation. The lexical definition and general characteristics of the mountain, the significance of the mountain in various cultures and myths, including Korea, as well as the meanings that were drawn from the client’s personal experiences were analyzed. As a result of analysis, it was concluded that the mountain was an important symbol that encouraged ego development and helped one to discover the mother complexes that were hidden in the deep abyss within the unconscious, so that it could lead to individuation.
Keywords: mountain | symbol | motherhood | ego development | individuation
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