Siddhartha Gautama & Consummating Early Adult Life: An Analytical Development Theory

As an adolescent, Siddhartha pursued asceticism. Having found a community of like minded individuals, Siddhartha began to form an intact identity that he could present to others. Through the development of this identity, Siddhartha began to test his resolve and undertake increasingly difficult tasks associated with Self-abnegation. As an initiate amongst the ascetics, Siddhartha met… Continue Reading


Siddhartha: Archetypal Themes of Healthy Psychological Adolescent Development

Adolescence emerges from an array of bio-psychosocial factors. While puberty occurs during adolescence, social factors also place increased pressure on children to become more oriented to adult capacities. It is common for adolescents to question the lessons they were taught during early childhood life; cognitively, independent thought comes online in conjunction with the physiological maturation… Continue Reading


Early Childhood: Analytical Psychology & Perspectives and Early Psychosocial Development

During his lifetime, Erik Erikson produced a vitally important theory of psychological development. Psychosocial theory expanded on Freud’s concept of psychosexual development, explored the overall development of a person throughout the lifespan, and provided a means in which to understand normal versus arrested development during specific psychological stages. In this essay, I will explore Early… Continue Reading


Siddhartha, Archetypal Development, & The Lifelong Individuation Process

Introduction           Purpose. In this theoretical work, I explore whether a developmental sequence of archetypes occurs during the lifelong individuation process. Human development is a key concept for the theory underlying psychology and its practice; however, the lack of a developmental perspective based on the theoretical tenets of analytical psychology shows… Continue Reading