The Origins of Psycards

The Dream

Psycards were invented by Nick Hobson in 1980’s in theUK. They came to him in a dream at a point of his life when he was going through a huge amount of personal pain and turmoil. “I was, as it were, on hill, looking down on my own life, and could see all the elements that had made me what I was, set out separately: the influences of my family, my background, my education, my friends, my fears, my hopes, my failures, spread out before me like fields in the plain below… The feeling I had was one of peace and control; it was my life, and comprehensible.”

Nick created Psycards to help others who were experiencing personal difficulty to achieve the perspective – and peace – which he was able to feel in his dream.

He was lucky to work with Maggie Kneen, a brilliant young illustrator and they worked on each individual card to create the powerful symbols in every image.

Jungian Psychology

The Psycards System draws on psychoanalysis and poetry. It is closely linked to Jungian psychology, and in particular, Karl Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious: namely that we all share a common “residue” of humanity’s experience, in the form of archaic images and symbols, revealed in threads of stories and poetry told throughout history and cultures.. These shared, unconscious memories are manifested in symbols of specific Jungian archetypes.

Because we all share the same collective unconscious, each of us can easily relate and respond to the images on each card. Of course, the ways in which we respond won’t be the same . However, the familiarity of the different symbols, and the vivid images, make the Psycards powerful tools to enable us to find awareness self knowledge and the tools for personal development and for counselling others.