Universal Psychology Foundations

Dr Carl Jung stated: “Everything you do here, all this, everything,” he said, “was fantasy to begin with, and fantasy has a true reality” (Carl Jung, Evans Conversations, p 22).

It is Jung’s premise… that fantasy helps to reframe and illuminate our conscious and unconscious “reality”… that underlies Dr Gordillo’s Universal (Story Image) Psychology. 

Accessing our active and passive fantasies, our active imagination, is where healing and growth occurs

To explain this further, the SIT Tools used in Talk to Teens (for teens, preteens and young adults) and The Universal Child (for children and preteens) include books, posters, handouts etc. The purpose of these ‘tools’ is to raise conscious awareness of a young person’s unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Dr Gordillo’s SIT resources are specifically designed to capture the active imagination of individuals universally, through the use of stories and images. That is, fantasy.

The Story Image Tools can be used as a stand-alone educational resource, or as the basis for Story Image Therapy (conducted with individuals of all ages). SIT is conducted with a trained adult… a SIT therapist.

For Jung, fantasy is a complex of ideas or imaginative activity that expresses the flow of psychic energy. As such, he viewed fantasy as something that needs to be understood both causally and purposively. Passive fantasy, according to Jung, is always in need of criticism, but active fantasy “does not require criticism so much as understanding” [Definitions, CW 6, par. 714].


In an interview with Richard Evans, Jung spoke about fantasies in general:

When you observe the world you see people, you see houses, you see the sky, you see tangible objects. But when you observe yourself within, you see moving images, a world of images, generally known as fantasies …

C.G. Jung Speaking, page 302

Jung developed the method of active imagination as a way of assimilating the meaning of fantasies. Story Image Therapy, in particular, can assist in the assimilation and understanding of an individual’s passive and active fantasy during therapy.


Video: What is Story Image Therapy?

Story Image Therapy (and the accompanying SIT Tools) have been been well received by members of the broader community.

Since SIT’s inception; parents, carers, teachers, counsellors and other therapists have provided positive feedback on the therapy and tools:

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