ERIC Number: EJ1077276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Conscious Cooperation with the Individuating Adult Learner
Spear, Stephen B.
Journal of Transformative Education, v12 n3 p226-247 Jul 2014
Fundamental to the process of Jungian individuation is the integration of ego consciousness and unconsciousness. For this to occur, the ego must be willing to consciously cooperate with the unconscious, acknowledging and nonjudgmentally accepting the imaginal communications that flow from it. The ego's decision to cooperate with the unconscious is also the vital first step in transformative learning, viewed from a Jungian perspective. Consideration is given to forms of resistance to the unconscious, including the presence of a thick boundary between the ego and unconsciousness. Educators who are in a relationship of conscious cooperation with their own unconscious will be better prepared to create the open, protected space within which the unconsciousness of their learners will be granted freedom of movement and expression.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Learning Theories, Personality Measures, Teacher Student Relationship, Adults, Cognitive Processes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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