Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A Short Jungian Interlude 5

The Individual's Understanding of Himself continued

Jung affirms that there is what he calls "a will to individuality" in everyone. Both science and the Churches regard this thrust in humanity to be "egotistic obstinacy."  Science devalues this will to individuality as mere subjectivism: after all what matters in science is objectivity almost exclusively.  Churches condemn this will in humanity morally as heresy and spiritual pride.

The Fear of the Unconscious: 

Fishing Boat, Howth Harbour
Freud regarded the personal unconscious as a cess-pit of repressed motivations and desires and all manner of "sins" for want of a better word.  Jung acknowledges interestingly that Freud, the very founder of psychoanalysis and the populariser and re-discoverer of the notion of the unconscious was also troubled by the contents of that unconscious.  As evidence of this Jung recounts the fact that on one occasion Freud had confessed to him that "it was necessary to make a dogma of his sexual theory because this was the sole bulwark of reason against a possible 'outburst of the black flood of occultism'."  Let us quote more fully Jung's own words here:


It is this fear of the unconscious psyche which not only impedes self-knowledge but is the greatest obstacle to a wider understanding and knowledge of psychology.  Often the fear is so great that one dares not admit it even to oneself.  (The Undiscovered Self, p. 37)

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In Lak' ech, love beyond the borders of fear...