Adult Development and Individuation

San Francisco Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Isaiah Rubin, Ph. D.
Clinical Psychologist
& Jungian Analyst

The C.G. Jung Inst. of Zurich
Diploma granted in 1987
The C.G. Jung Inst. of SF
Certified in 1993

Adult Development and Individuation

Freud believed that personality development ended in early childhood with the resolution of the Oedipal conflict. Jung posited that personality development continued into adulthood, especially with individuation following the midlife crisis.

The goal of individuation is wholeness, not perfection. — C.G. Jung

Erik Erikson, a follower of Freud, identified eight stages of psychosocial development with the two last stages taking place in the second half of life. What all this means is that you can experience further development in your personality at any point in your life.

Figuring out right and wrong and identifying with your father (or mother), while important, doesn’t need to be the end of your process of development. There is much more to life, more ways to provide you with meaning, fulfillment and happiness.

Let’s explore your possibilities for individuation and moving beyond stagnation and despair.

Perhaps a Jungian analysis with a focus on dream work and active imagination is what would suit you best. Or maybe it could be a different depth psychological approach. Or a more interpersonal method. We will find out together.

Find meaning and wholeness as you deepen your experience of life and flower.

Ann Rosen Spector, Psychologist in Private Practice
Beginning in the late 1970s, Dr. Rubin worked with me at the Center for the Study of Adult Development at the University of Pennsylvania, bringing to bear his additional clinical skills along with his highly experienced research capacities. After a few years he deepened these interests and capacities as he pursued his education and training at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. His own experience of Adult Development and Individuation can be of real service to you.