"Journal of Education Culture and Society" 2015_1


 Depression as an Escape from Burden of Life


Magda Bartoskova

Charles University in Prague, Department of Psychology at Faculty of Education, Myslikova 7, 110 00, Prague 1, Czech Republic

E-mail address: bartoskova.magda@gmail.com





This study aims to explore the inner world of people suffering from depressive disorder. Four people hospitalized in Prague Psychiatric Centre were interviewed. Method of Grounded Theory and discursive analysis revealed a specific way of depressive thinking and experiencing the self and the outer world. Depressive individuals manifest deficit in introspection. They do not perceive themselves as the authors of their lives and they show a tendency to look for external, estranged meanings of life. Combination of these attributes was found to be possible psychological cause leading towards the outburst of depressive disorder. Significant similarities were found between research results and C.G. Jung´s understanding of depressed people, which he describes through energetic model of libido.


Key words:

depression, introspection, authorship of life, external life meaning, qualitative research, C.G. Jung


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20151.101.107    pdf full version