What is Analytical Psychology?
Analytical psychology a branch of psychology that involves the belief that a person’s thoughts and behaviors stem from both conscious and non-conscious beliefs and perceptions. Analytical psychology was founded by Dr. Carl Jung during the 1900s. Jung was a student, friend and colleague of Dr. Sigmund Freud, the “Father of Psychoanalysis.”
According to analytical psychology, certain archetypes influence the mental, physical and emotional development of species (i.e. humans and animals). This form of psychology also believes that a collective unconsciousness resides within all species.
Analytical psychology also focuses on psychological racial and cultural contributions, and the importance maintaining a healthy balance between contrasting dynamics, within the personality. To sum it up, this branch of psychology studies the relationship between consciousness and unconsciousness and the mind (thought processes).
What Does an Analytical Psychologist Do?
It is important to understand that performing analytical tasks, associated with this career, is not easy. In fact, it can be downright challenging at times. In fact, most, if not all, analytical psychologists are proficient in various psychological theories, methods, techniques, concepts, and approaches. These mental health professionals also collect data from the brain, spirit, and mind. Moreover, they are required to pay close attention to a client’s physical, emotional, and/or mental experiences. The goal is to help clients understand the relationship between the main bodily organs like the mind and body.
Analytical psychologists also provide assistance to those recovering from chronic illnesses and disabilities, embarrassment, fear, anxiety, psychological distress, stress, anger/rage, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and mental illnesses. One major goal of an analytical psychologist is to make clients feel empowered to make changes in their lives.
Another goal is to help clients address unresolved feelings and obstacles, so they can move on with their lives. They also teach clients how to be more self-aware, when entering relationships. Lastly, these psychologists help clients and patients interpret dreams, physical and psychological symptoms, and ambiguous or confusing thoughts.
Other duties that analytical psychologists perform include:
- Implementing treatment plans for those with psychiatric difficulties
- Exploring the mental and emotional environments of clients
- Actively listening to clients and reflecting on what they say
- Observing clients, who are experiencing emotional distress, and interpreting their behaviors
- Drawing conclusions and diagnosing clients
- Helping clients get “in touch” with their unconsciousness by decoding messages hidden, within the collective and personal unconscious mind
- Analyzing dreams, fantasies, fears, cultural/religious practices, folklore, and fine arts with the goal of eventually combining a client’s personality and individuality
- Improving a client’s self-awareness and helping him or her better understand his or her mind (i.e. collective and personal)
- Promoting self-knowledge (i.e. increased productivity, happiness and satisfaction)
- Assisting clients while they venture through the process of personality maturation
With an analytical psychology degree, one can seek employment as a market research analyst, who studies market trends, in order to assess possible product and/or service sales. This mental health professional can help businesses understand what consumers want, need, prefer, desire, and will purchase, and at what price they will purchase item, so that they can create better, more appealing items (bls.gov). One can also become a survey researcher with an analytical psychology degree. A survey researcher creates surveys and analyzes the results. Survey questions may include: onions, preferences, beliefs, likes, dislikes, desires, and so on (bls.gov).
What is the Employment Outlook for Analytical Psychologists?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are for psychologists in general expected to increase approximately 14% by the year 2028. This increase will be attributed to a heightened interest in mental healthcare. It will also stem from an increased awareness in personal thoughts and behaviors, and how they are connected.
Also, as more medical physicians (i.e. psychiatrists, and general practitioners) treat patients, who are suffering from psychological distress and mental illnesses, the need to understand the relationship between the mind (i.e. consciousness and unconsciousness) and body will become more prevalent.
Analytical psychologists will be able to help these physicians understand this relationship; therefore, the physicians will be able to provide better care to their patients. Furthermore, lawyers, courts and law enforcement may also utilize analytical psychologists in the future. Why? Because these mental health professionals will be able to help them understand how one’s unconsciousness and consciousness affects behaviors. In other words, analytical psychologists will help other professionals understand why people think and behave the way they do.
How Much Does an Analytical Psychologist Make?
As of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a psychologist, in general, can expect to earn approximately $98,230 or $47.23, per hour, on average. As of March 2020 according to Simply Hired an analytical psychologist can expect to make approximately $81,000, per year, on average, depending on the education, training, location, industry, and licensure of the psychologist. Most analytical psychologists work in research departments, clinics, social service agencies, private practices, government agencies, businesses, colleges and universities, and/or hospitals.
What Degree is Required for an Analytical Psychologist?
To become an analytical psychologist, one must earn an undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and a doctorate. It is important to note that an individual will not be able to call himself or herself a ‘psychologist’ unless he or she has earned a Ph.D. in the field. In addition, to be able to practice as ‘psychologist’ an individual must obtain a license.
At the graduate and doctoral levels, students generally learn both Freud’s and Jung’s theories, and complete the following courses: analytical science, Jungian principals and theories, gender identity studies, social policies, cultural orientation studies, religions and faith, English composition, lifespan development, statistics, research methods, psychology, sociology, and philosophy.
It typically takes 4 years to earn an undergraduate degree, 2.5 to 3 years to earn a graduate (master’s level) degree, and up to 7 years to earn a doctorate in psychology. While in the graduate program, the student is required to complete a thesis (a research paper on an analytic topic) and a 3 to 6 month clinical internship at a psychology-based facility. And, while in a doctoral program, the student is required to complete a dissertation (an in-depth research study and paper) in an analytical psychology area, and a 6-month internship at an approved research facility, government agency, or private practice.
Jungian students may also be required to complete various psychological assessments, and commit to self-exploration. In addition, they may also be required to review and analyze various case-studies, and read Jungian theories and research studies.
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