When I was first introduced to psychologist Carl Jung (biographical information), through his work, Memoirs, Dreams, Reflections, I became immediately enthralled with how it affected me. Simply put, studying Jung and applying it to the arts has changed me. My hope is that this blog will also help those who would like to understand how Shakespeare, or any art and literature for that matter, can help you understand and resolve some of the issues deep within our Collective Unconscious (or ideas and concerns buried within all mankind inherently). Jung's psychology can be life changing when understood and applied correctly. While I do not swear to any expertise, I hope you will find Jung as fascinating as I have, despite some of the initial difficulty you may have from understanding Jungian terms.
What makes Jung so special is that he allows us to take the art, literature, and film we consume and find meaning for our collective (see Super Super Simple Intro to Jung). In a sense, he has shown that questions that we have been asking for generations appear in our literature through Archetypes, (see A Snap Shot of Carl Jung & Shakespeare). Questions like: What is the role of male and female? What's the meaning of life? Do we need a hero (whether that be Batman, Superman, or Jesus Christ) to be saved? How can we find wholeness (the union between male and female, conscious and unconscious, the process of Individuation)? All of these can be found being discussed through archetypal patterns in our literature!
Because of a great deal of patience from an awesome and amazing Shakespeare professor, (do you think that will get me extra points?) Gideon Burton (check out his blog here), I have had the opportunity to apply something I have really come to love to Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet. If you feel so inclined, please take a look at the final draft of my paper: Shakespeare's Hamlet: A Demonstration of the Underdeveloped Psyche Trust me its cool.