Carl Jung was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. For years he studied with Freud until they had a parting of the ways. This created a crisis in Jung’s life. He talked about the hours he spent on the beach working in the sand as part of his personal healing. Perhaps this is why he encouraged Dora to study with Lowenfeld to understand how to use sand in treatment.
Many of you have heard of the Miers Briggs types. It is a popular personality typing used in business to help employees understand how they approach the world. Carl Jung is the one who developed this typing. He was also the one who developed the word association tests. Jung also developed a different way of working with dreams to help us achieve individuation.
A new theoretical method of therapy grew out of Jung’s work. He was a prolific writer himself, and of course there are many recent Jungians who have written books as well. I found this book to be an easy to understand explanation of his theory: Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology, Robin Robertson. The more you learn about Jungian psychology the easier learning Sandplay will be.