Carl Gustav Jung - Mythology and Religion in Psychology #2

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After the break of the friendship between Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud in 1913, Jung experienced a phase of inner disorientation and psychological pressure. That's why he began to devote himself to his unconscious, dreams and fantasies in addition to his practice and recapitulated his childhood. It began a time of self-analysis. He recorded dreams and fantasies as notes and sketches in black books. These formed the basis of his Red Book, on which he worked until 1930. Painting is an expression of the deepest parts of his unconscious.

In contrast to the mostly scientific works in which Carl Gustav orients himself on the rules of factually distanced objective observation, the Red Book subjectively documents imaginations, personal impressions and emotions. The language of the Red Book is not the scientific language of the beginning of the twentieth century, but is based on historical poetic, philosophical and religious models. Also the outer appearance of the Red Book differs from all other works of Jung.

As well as conscious contents can disappear into the unconscious, contents can also ascend from the unconscious. In addition to a number of mere memories, new thoughts and creative ideas that have never been conscious before can also come to light. They grow out of the dark depths like a lotus and form an important part of the subliminal psyche.

This quote is quite apt for the basic view of Carl Gustav Jung. It reminded me very much of a quote from Albert Einstein. Probably it was not meant by Einstein in this way as it represents Jung, yet the interpretation of an explanation can be for what Einstein describes:

All the great achievements of science must begin with intuitive knowledge. I believe in intuition and inspiration. Sometimes I have the feeling that I'm right even though I don't know the reason. Fantasy is more important than knowledge.

In Jung's interpretation of dreams, which played an important role, there are not only dreams in which one processes experiences, but also those that reveal the innermost part of the human being. Jung said about the unconscious:

We don't know his being in and of itself, but only observe certain effects from whose nature we dare to draw certain conclusions about the nature of the uncertain psyche. Because the dream is an incredibly frequent and normal expression of the unconscious psyche, it provides most of the experience material for the exploration of the unconscious.

With his oeuvre, Carl Gustav Jung has influenced not only psychotherapy, but also psychology, religious studies, ethnology, literary studies, art studies and the art therapy that develops from them. Jung has always attached great importance to a very scientific approach.

He dealt with incidents, events and experiences, in short with facts. So when psychology speaks, for example, of the motive of the virgin birth, it only deals with the fact that such an idea exists, but it does not deal with the question of whether such an idea is true or false in any sense.

In his Red Book, however, he devotes himself to his subjective imaginations and impressions, precisely because it is so unscientific, Carl Gustav Jung did not publish it at first at his own request. Only excerpts were used for the work Memories, Dreams, Reflections. But in 2009 the heir community decided to make this great work accessible to the public.


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Something's telling that had he not broken up with Freud he wouldn't be as famous as he is today. 🤔

This "If, then..." in my opinion is nonsense, because it's the way it is. You can like things or not and everything else is just an excuse and an expression for not liking something.
Atheists don't like Carl Gustav Jung and like to talk negatively about him and religious people don't like Sigmund Freud and talk negatively about him. That's the way people are.

Thanks for the article. Have you written something about Kerenyi? I am very interested.

@filosbonus, I had heard of Kerenyi but had not dealt with him and his ideas. I think that I will do it in the near future.

i would say that strange fit it better

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