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An Example of Watchword Self-Analysis


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Subject

Male, age 34. College lecturer. Recently separated from wife and living alone.


Key Words


Water
Flood
Gate
Whirlpool
Transcend
Rebirth
Maze
Truth
Devil
Ego
Self

 

Psychological Type

  • Dominant Function: Intuition
  • Auxiliary Function: Thinking
  • Dominant Attitude: Introversion
  • Psychological Type: Introverted Intuitive Thinking (Intuition Dominant)
  • Equivalent MBTI® type: INTJ

 

Dominant Theme

  • Emotional turmoil.
  • Need to overcome or transcend conflicts between good and evil, order and chaos, inhibition and involvement.

 

 Key Interpretations

GIANT and DWARF

Giant and Dwarf GIANT DWARF
Word Flood Ego

Interpretation

Need to open up to new spiritual energy.

Need to open up emotional flood-gates.

Need to drop defences.

Development is being inhibited by a concern with protecting self-esteem and a sense of control, and by a narrow-minded, self-orientated approach to life that fails to take a genuine interest in other people.

Tendency to take self too seriously.

 


SOUL and PERSONA

Soul and Persona SOUL PERSONA
Word Whirlpool Truth

Interpretation

Inner, emotional life in turmoil.

 Inwardly confused, lost, and at the mercy of powerful emotions which threaten sense of self-control.

Outer personality = intelligent, honest, reliable.

Truth is a dominant conscious concern (or pose?).

Intellectual curiosity.

Wanting things right and true.



GUIDE and IMAGO

Guide and Imago GUIDE IMAGO
Word Water Gate

Interpretation

Inner strength = innocence, sensitivity.

 Inherent spiritual concerns.

 Message to relax emotionally and to yield to natural course of events.

Take a more spiritual perspective.

Conscious desires for new (sexual?) experience or greater sense of control.

 Anticipated opening up of fresh opportunities.



SHADOW and SPECTRE

Shadow and Spectre SHADOW SPECTRE
Word Devil Self

Interpretation

Unrecognised 'devilish' qualities in self (e.g., violence, cruelty).

Repression of personal pain and anger.

Anxieties around loneliness.

 Problems in relationships caused by insular tendencies.

 Too self-contained.



STATION and BATTLE

Station and Battle STATION BATTLE
Word Maze Transcend

Interpretation

Basic situation = time of identity crisis, difficulty and confusion.

But also a time of challenge, opportunity and adventure.

 Heroic stance being taken to difficulties.

Major moral task = going beyond current constraints.

 Need to take broader perspective and to transcend egocentric concerns.



DESTINY

Destiny DESTINY
Word Rebirth

Interpretation

Final resolution of problems will involve a fresh start or fundamental transformation in attitudes and approach to life.

 

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