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The emergence of new meaning is often tied to the emergence of new symbols in a person's life. This process may be of particular importance when the individual is dealing with issues of identity crisis and meaning.
As Jungian analyst Andrew Samuels tells us,
Symbols are captivating pictorial statements.... indistinct, metaphoric and enigmatic portrayals of psychic reality. [The meaning of symbols] is far from obvious; ...it is expressed in unique and individual terms while at the smae time partaking of universal imagery. ...[R]eflected on and related to, they can be recognised as aspects of those images that control, order and give meaning to our lives. Symbols... are expressions of something intensely alive... "stirring" in the soul.
Symbolism is linked to unconscious processes: old symbols die, and new ones come to life in the psyche.