A Jungian conscience: Self-awareness for public relations practice

Johanna Fawkes

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This article relates Carl Jung’s theories of consciousness and conscience to contemporary public relations practice, applying Jungian methods of self-awareness to public relations as a field. The chapter concludes with challenges for practitioners, individually and as a profession, to increase self-awareness, an essential prerequisite for ethical practice. It takes an interpretive approach, drawing on literature from Jungian scholarship, organisational psychology and moral philosophy. These explorations are developed at book-length in Fawkes (2014. Public relations ethics and professionalism: The shadow of excellence. London and New York, NY: Routledge), but here the focus is on practice and practitioners’ access to conscience through consciousness. After a brief summary of the Jungian psyche and the role of consciousness in activating conscience, this paper suggests questions and reflections for the profession and its constituent practitioners. This discussion is strongly linked to developing an ethical attitude (Solomon (2001). Journal of Analytic psychology, 46(3)), one based not on rules or codes but on individual and collective self-awareness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-733
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Relations Review
Issue number5
Early online date18 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


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