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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2011;2(2): 43-53.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.110014
The Cave: A Channel for Journeying toward Ego Development
Young-ran Kim
Namseoul University Child & Family Counseling Center, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence :  Young-ran Kim ,Email: poohyoungran@hanmail.net
Received: December 1, 2011   Accepted: December 15, 2011
Abstract
This study offers a discussion of the symbolic meanings of caves for human beings, as represented in mythology and folklore as well as modern psychological concepts, especially the mother archetype. The cave’s associations with birth and rebirth are examined through a Jungian framework, and it is identified as a channel for the development of ego. The author uses her own life history as a case study, especially her struggle to become independent from her mother, leading to a highly personal analysis of the symbolism of caves.
KeyWords: Cave, Mythology, Mother Archetype, Ego Development
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