Introrealism is a psycho-philosophical approach to individual unconscious experience using principles introduced by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung.
Although unconscious experiences such as dreams and imaginary phenomena are distinct from real-world, physical occurrences, Introrealism subscribes to the idea that encounters in the unconscious realm are valid experiences of the individual and therefore indispensable in understanding the workings of the human psyche.
In art, Introrealism presents the synergy between conscious awareness and unconscious elements through a crux. Here a crux is an object, image, word, phrase, equation, etc. of profound meaning to the artist. A crux sustains an ongoing dialogue with an entity from the unconscious because it takes its power from its origin — our inner psyche. Usually the crux emerges as an image, an elemental "vision", out of active imagination, although certainly this is not a rule. As a general principle, the crux must have an overt connection to the unconscious.
Introrealist art shares similarities with Surrealist art. Certainly both take inspirational directives from the unconscious. With their ample use of dream imagery, both are somewhat related to Fantastic art genre. However, variations lie in their psycho-philosophic origins and methods of relaying thought.
Introrealist experience of the unconscious is not described as "surreal" but in fact real — only within.
Introrealism’s emphatic use of reason and conscious presence in navigating the unconscious makes it run counter to Surrealism’s thematic dogma. This, in fact, is what makes Introrealism the antithesis of Surrealism.