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Maggie Hyde

Introducing Jung

    Andre Franciscohas quoted2 months ago
    What a relief! Instead of damnation, Jung felt this vision was an act of grace. He had been shown another side of God altogether, different to the one his father and uncles spoke of in their sermons.
    Andre Franciscohas quoted2 months ago
    God sits on His golden throne, high above the world – and from under the throne an enormous turd falls upon the sparkling new roof, shatters it, and breaks the walls of the cathedral asunder”
    Andre Franciscohas quoted2 months ago
    Decades later, Jung came across a reference to the motif of cannibalism in the symbolism of the Mass. And only then did the image of the “man-eater” make sense to him. He realized that the “dark Lord Jesus, the Jesuit and the phallus were identical”. They represented a dark creative force in nature, the investigation of which he pursued throughout his life.
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    The Persona is conditioned by social class, job, culture and nationality. There are often several personas we use to suit different situations. But we adopt a general Persona based on our superior functional type (e.g. thinking) because it comes easiest to us.
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    The “perfect Persona” can lead to a one-sided, rigid and alienated personality.
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    Psychic health and equilibrium depend on a well-adapted Persona because it makes social exchange possible.
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    Neurosis can arise from “wrong answers to life”, from empty success and confinement within too narrow
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    The unconscious side of the Persona is the Soul-image. Jung uses the Latin male and female names for the soul, the animus and the anima. The Soul-Image is always represented by the individual’s opposite gender.
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    This includes even the persona of the rebel!
    The danger is in identifying totally with the persona, being “nothing but” the role you play.
    The “perfect Persona” can lead to a one-sided, rigid and alienated personality.

    You’re afraid of dropping the mask and finding nothing real behind it.
    Neurosis can arise from “wrong answers to life”, from empty success and confinement within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Neurosis generally disappears by developing into a more spacious personality.
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    The Soul-Image is an archetype which can represent the whole of the unconscious. It is inherited, collective and “ageless”.
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    The male’s Soul-Image has appeared in many forms throughout the ages, but always with the compelling and fascinating secret nature of Eros (love), as an archetype of life itself, represented in images of earth and water.
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    The woman’s Soul-Image takes the nature of Logos (reason), the search for knowledge, truth and meaningful activity, often represented by images of air and fire.
    The animus is projected onto men with whom she is emotionally involved.
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    A healthy Ego organizes and balances the conscious and unconscious elements of the psyche. A weakened Ego leaves an individual “in the dark”, in danger of being swamped by chaotic unconscious images.
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    Over-identification with the Soul-Image produces the Sol Niger or Black Sun, the animus-dominated woman – obstinate, ruthless and
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    domineering, craving power and irrationally opinionated.
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    thinking-type man, cut off from the realm of feeling, may dream of mermaids or he may project his unconscious, undifferentiated feeling-function onto a feeling-type woman with whom he falls in love. By embracing her, he indirectly embraces his own feeling nature. But as he becomes more aware of his unconscious feeling through the relationship, the anima image holds less fascination for him. His projection will be withdrawn and he falls out of love. As we go through life it becomes less easy to fall in love in a romantic way because in the process of self-development we gradually integrate more and more of our unconscious contents.
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    The psyche is divided into consciousness and the unconscious and the latter serves to compensate the conscious attitude. Whenever the conscious attitude is too one-sided, its unconscious opposite
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    anifests itself autonomously (Greek: auto=self, nomos=law, a law unto itself) to rectify the imbalance. It does this internally through powerful dreams and images, or it can pathologize in disease.
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    Frequently an unconscious component can externalize and appear from without, and is known as projection. This involves an excessive emotional response to another person or situation, like falling in love or disliking someone intensely. Such powerful emotional responses may indicate that an unconscious content is seeking to burst through into consciousness, but it can only appear as externalized, or projected onto the other person.
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    Extroversion and introversion are mutually exclusive. If one forms the habitual conscious attitude, the other becomes unconscious and acts in a compensatory manner.
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