The Analytic and Synthetic

Consciousness and understanding arise from discrimination, that is, through analysis (dissolution) followed by synthesis, as stated in symbolical terms by the alchemical dictum:

“Solve et coagula” (dissolve and coagulate).

You 1) analyze the psychic material, then you 2) synthesize the psychic material, but because it is an on-gong process you do one, then the other, according to your needs.

The Analytic

The analytic process results in identification and differentiation of the mind’s contents when the ego hand’s over control to the ‘irrational’ processes (perceiving - which is not in its control).  This constant process of objective observation yield’s the greatest results.

In the analytic process your mind begins by preparing the conscious for work, by calming it, and making it more receptive to unconscious contents.  The less disturbed the mind is the greater the potential of atomizing psychic material exists.  The purpose of analyzing is to make sense of the psychic contents that are in the field of consciousness, without tainting the results with subjectivity.  The identification, labeling, differentiation, and compartmentalizing of the data prepares it for synthesizing.  It is the synthesization that makes transcendence[2] possible. 


Principle of opposites

Principle of equivalency

Principle of entropy

= Transcendence

What is gained through introspective reflection is a clearer perception of the total psyche as opposed to just seeing what the ego complex provides through its own limited perception of the conscious contents.

The new understandings from the unconscious are more ‘real’ than the previous view that ‘obscured’ the subject’s self-image with ideas and images that were developed for reason's of personal identity.

The Synthetic

"The goal of the individuation process is the synthesis of the self"

"In all cases of dissociation it is therefore necessary to integrate the unconscious into consciousness.  This is a synthetic process which I have termed the "Individuation process"

“As a matter of fact, this process flows the natural course of life - a life in which the Individual becomes what he always was.”

"Accordingly, the therapeutic method of complex psychology consists on the one hand in making as fully conscious as possible the constellated unconscious contents, and on the other hand in synthesizing them with consciousness through the ACT OF RECOGNITION." 


The process of coming to terms with the unconscious is a true labour, a work which involves both action and suffering.  It has been named the “transcendent function” because it represents a function based on real and “imaginary,” or rational and irrational, data, thus bridging the yawning gulf between conscious and unconscious.  It is a natural process, a manifestation of the energy that springs from the tension of opposites, and it consists in a series of fantasy-occurrences which appear spontaneously in dreams.  2EoAP 80

The natural process by which the opposites are united came to serve me as the model and basis for a method consisting essentially in this:  everything that happens at the behest of nature, unconsciously and spontaneously, is deliberately summoned forth and integrated into the conscious mind and its outlook.  2EoAP 80

I had first to come to the fundamental realization that analysis, in so far as it is reduction and nothing more, must necessarily be followed by synthesis, and that certain kinds of psychic material mean next to nothing if simply broken down, but display a wealth of meaning if, instead of being broken down, that meaning is reinforced and extended by all the conscious means at our disposal – by the so-called method of amplification.  2EoAP 81

The images or symbols of the collective unconscious yield their distinctive values only when subjected to a synthetic mode of treatment.  2EoAP 80

Just as analysis breaks down the symbolical fantasy-material into its components, so the synthetic procedure integrates it into a general and intelligible statement.  2EoAP 81

I have therefore introduced the following terminology: I call every interpretation which equates the dream images with real objects an interpretation on the objective level.  In contrast to this is the interpretation which refers every part of the dream and all the actors in it back to the dreamer himself.  This I call interpretation on the subjective level.  Interpretation on the objective level is analytic, because it breaks down the dream content into memory-complexes that refer to external situations.  Interpretation on the subjective level is synthetic, because it detaches the underlying memory-complexes from their external causes, regards them as tendencies or components of the subject, and reunites them with that subject.  2EoAP 84

Unconscious contents can be made conscious simply by an act of will

To distinguish one’s SELF from one’s surrounding is essential to our individual nature; and to do this requires distinctions and a sense of separateness.  

1)     Need distinction to separate one’s self

2)    Need to let go of the attachments of distinction

We must distinguish ourselves from qualities

The more your relationships are based on love – all relationships – the more your heart centre will function. It will start working; you will look at the world through different eyes, because the heart has its own way of looking at the world. The mind can never look in that way – that is impossible for the mind. The mind can only analyze! The heart synthesizes; the mind can only dissect, divide – it is a divider. Only the heart gives unity.When you can look through the heart, the whole universe looks like one unity. When you approach through the mind, the whole world becomes atomic. There is no unity, only atoms and atoms and atoms. The heart gives a unitary experience, it joins together, and the ultimate synthesis is godliness.