Psychology in Writing: The Unconscious – Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt

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Dream girl (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

“Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.” —Carl Jung

For today’s writing prompt, think about what your character is hiding in her/his unconscious that s/he can’t confront directly.  What is the event/thing/person that your character can’t face?  What happened in the past that contributes to your character’s inability to consciously face the event/thing/person?  How does your character manifest her/his unconscious mind?  Is it through dreams, verbal slips, free association, defense mechanisms?  What leads your character to gain insight into her/his unconscious process?  And now that s/he is aware, what does s/he do?  Confront it?  Suppress it again?

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As always, from my couch to your pen happy writing!

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