chapter  7
15 Pages

Jung and the transcendent function in music therapy

ByRachel Darnley-Smith

In this chapter Rachel Darnley-Smith cites some key themes in Jung’s account of the unconscious and active fantasy in art-making as transcendent function. The author suggests some areas of Jung’s thinking that may be considered as his legacy to the contemporary discipline of music therapy. Whilst Jung did not include music in his discussion, Darnley-Smith demonstrates the way in which some of the issues he raises are equally applicable to music-making. Finally, it is argued that Jung identifies a distinction to be made between a formal aesthetic and what might be termed a ‘therapeutic’ aesthetic in art making.