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JSST. 2020;11(1): 99-145.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.20003
A Research on the Turtle’s Symbolic Ambivalence and Its Role as a Spiritual Guide for Individuation Entrance
Hwa Ran Hwang
Ph.D. candidate in Child Counseling and Psychotherapy, Department of Child Welfare, The Graduate School of Namseoul University, Dongjag Children’s Development Center, Play Therapist
개성화 입문을 위한 영적안내자로서의 거북이 양면성이 주는 상징연구
남서울대학교 아동복지학과 대학원 박사수료, 동작아동발달센터 놀이치료사
Corresponding Author: Hwa Ran Hwang ,Email: hhr4908@hanmail.net
Received: March 30, 2020;  Accepted: May 8, 2020.  Published online: June 30, 2020.
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Individuation is a process of human maturity into true self, and a process of self-realization, a holistic process centered on spiritual transformation. Individuation incorporates the unconsciousness and consciousness existing as an antipole within the mind. We examine this process through the common symbol of the turtle in sandplay therapy. It serves as a mediator between God and Man, thus having an antipole ambivalence of wisdom and chaos. Our case study to examine the role of this symbol was a middle-aged woman. Through turtles appearing in sand therapy of middle-aged woman, we recognized and integrated what is symbolic of human unconsciousness. Sandplay both illuminated and resolved her anger and internal conflict. This fostered the process of individualization and integrated the anima and animus. The results are relevant for understanding the individuation entrance in sandplay therapy. In particular, it aids struggles with self-integration and individualization because of internal conflicts.
Keywords: sandplay | symbol | self-integration | individualization | unconsciousness
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