jak pracovat s projekcemi
toto neni primo jako ze Jung, ale pripada mi, ze by s tim souhlasil, je v tom vsechno jak kazal on na tema integrace stinu.
This exercise facilitates owning and integrating projections. There is nothing neces-
sarily wrong with the basic process that underlies projection. It is at the root of our
ability to communicate. (See Section 8 of the Manual for a discussion of projec-
tion.) Many of our judgments about people are correct. However, some of our pro-
jections are totally off the mark. In addition, projection can be a way that we disown
aspects of our own personality, and it can inhibit our ability to make effective con-
tact with our environment. So examining our projections is a way that we can be-
come more aware of ourselves and how we interact with others.
To do this exercise, initially bring three different people to mind. Pick out people
who you have formed some kind of opinion about. Bring each person to mind
clearly. Then become aware of a quality or characteristic that you ascribe to each
one of them.
If you like, you can find somebody to work with. Both of you can do this exercise.
But if you don’t have anybody to work with, then it is perfectly alright to work by
yourself, although you might want to make some written notes about what you dis-
If you are working with a partner, find someplace to sit and talk comfortably. Briefly
tell your partner about the other people who came up for you. Then for each of
these people, work through the following process. -- Say what the characteristic or
quality is that you perceive in the other person. Then see if you can own that same
characteristic in yourself. How is it present in your own life? How do you feel about
that quality? When has it been useful for you to be this way? Have there been times
that this characteristic has hindered you? [You may decide to alternate with your
partner, each taking one of your people at a time. Or you can do all three at once,
and then switch.]
Don’t rush this process. Don’t be “rehearsed” when talking about how the charac-
teristic operates in your life. Settle in and see what new information you can dis-
cover about yourself as you go along.
Here are three very brief examples of how the process might work:
Begin by describing the person who comes to mind. Then follow the general pat-
tern outlined below, by saying something like:
He is an aggressive person.
This is how I have been aggressive....
Here is how my aggressive tendencies have helped me....
Here is how my aggression has hindered me....
I think she is a charming person.
I can be charming. Here is a time when I can remember being charming....
This is how my ability to be charming has helped me....
This is how being charming has hindered me....
He is a dishonest person.
This is how I have been dishonest in the past....
These are times when my dishonesty has actually been useful to me. This is how....
Here is how my dishonesty has hindered me....
Be sure to alternate with your partner. Switch roles. In the time you have available,
make sure that you each get a chance to work with this exercise. When you both
feel finished with the process, take some time to share with each other how you
feel about this experiment, and some of the things that you may have discovered.