Analytical psychology : notes of the seminar given in 1925 by C. G. Jung, William McGuire

By C. G. Jung, William McGuire

For C. G. Jung, 1925 was once a watershed 12 months. He became fifty, visited the Pueblo Indians of recent Mexico and the tribesmen of East Africa, released his first ebook at the ideas of analytical psychology intended for the lay public, and gave the 1st of his formal seminars in English. The seminar, carried out in weekly conferences in the course of the spring and summer time, all started with a particularly own account of the improvement of his pondering from 1896 as much as his holiday with Freud in 1912. It moved directly to discussions of the fundamental tenets of analytical psychology--the collective subconscious, typology, the archetypes, and the anima/animus thought. within the elucidation of that concept, Jung analyzed intimately the symbolism in Rider Haggard's She and different novels. along with those literary paradigms, he made use of case fabric, examples within the tremendous arts, and diagrams.

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The girl in question lived in a milieu that was too narrow for her gifts, and she could find in it no horizon, her environment being conspicuous for its insufficiency in ideas; it was narrow-minded and meager in every sense. Her unconscious, on the other hand, presented exactly the reverse picture. There she was surrounded by the ghosts of very important people. Such a tension as these two extremes induce is the basis of the mediatory function. She tried to live it out through her mediumistic circle and to find there the chance to come out of the impasse in which she lived.

10 “Studies in Word Association” (1904–1909), in CW 2. Jung’s correspondence with Freud was inaugurated by his gift of a copy of the first volume of Diagnostische Assoziationstudien by him and others. Among its contents, “Psychoanalysis and Association Experiments” (1906) was Jung’s first significant publication on the subject of psychoanalysis. See Freud/Jung, 1 F (11 Apr. 1906). 11 The Interpretation of Dreams (1900; SE, vols. IV–V). Cf. MDR, pp. 146f/144. Cf. also Jung’s report, dated 25 Jan.

By some unforeseen accident man came into possession of a conscious mirror of the universe, namely mind, and through this he knows the evilness of the world and deliberately withdraws therefrom, thus putting himself into opposition with the creating will. In Schopenhauer’s conception mind belongs to man alone and is not connected with the Weltgrund or unbewusster Geist. I held, following Hartmann, that our unconscious is not meaningless but contains a mind. After I had taken this position I found much contradictory evidence, and so the pendulum swung back and forth.

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