Hi y’all did you miss me? I sure missed you. Kinda. I have spent a while working on this drawing of a mannequin hand and a human hand touching. It’s from a dream I had. I won’t say too much because I’d rather the people reading this came to their own conclusions about it. All one of you. Hi Brianna. Please excuse the not very good scan–it’s better in person I promise. SBScan.
I have also finished reading Portable Jung. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. I took notes on the entire book and described some parts from the book that I thought were interesting. Here it is:
The Portable Jung is made up of fifteen essays. Although Jung goes deeply into the collective unconscious, psychological types, dream symbolism in relation to alchemy, spiritual problems of modern man, differences in Eastern and Western thinking, synchronicity, and his final chapter “Answer to Job”. These are the points and my explanations of the essays that seem to link to my senior project.
We have no problems during childhood because we have not made them personal, or internal. This relates to the lack of “I-ness” that Jung mentions. Jung thinks that our development is delayed and only once we figure that out do we become aware of our preexisting problems. When we are children everything is carefree almost because even if there are terrible things happening all around us, we do not acknowledge that they are not part of a game we’re playing, or that they may be permanent.
We have both a personal unconscious and a collective unconscious. The personal unconscious is made up of our own experiences, what we’ve taken away from that, and how it has made us change and look at things differently. The collective unconscious is broader. It is made up of patterns of being that we have inherited from our ancestors and never truly had to learn for ourselves. Put both of these unconscious’s together and we get a unique human with their own ideals, experiences, histories and morals.
The role of ego is part of the personality. The ego is influenced by the unconscious and is therefore a part of the personality, but some people mistake the ego for being the entire personality. The ego is one small faction of the entire personality. The ego seems to be closer to what we strive for, what our secret desires and fears have made us into. The unconscious is still separate from the ego, but like most of our internal features, they have become closely related and work together to help us express who we are and come into our own.
The anima and animus exist. The anima and animus seem to exist as part of proof of the unconscious’s autonomy. The anima and animus are part of Jung’s analytical psychology. They are the two anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind. They are related to the unconscious’s autonomy because the autonomy is responsible for making un-coerced, informed decisions. The anima and animus help because they are two of the most complex and significant autonomous’. Their entire existence is proof that the autonomous exists.
Uniting our conscious and unconscious shows ways of analyzing problems. For some internal problems one of the best ways to fix them are to help the person struggling understand what it is that their unconscious is trying to tell them. Once the person has discovered what it is that they are repressing the problems become a part of the conscious mind. It is easier to fix a problem once you know what the problem is. There will always be issues to deal with, the way of fixing them may change from person to person, but one way of dealing with them is head on. Combining the conscious and unconscious may help someone to deal with their problems better in the future.
From the beginning of the book Jung states that, “doubt is a prerequisite for uncertainty” (p.5). This helps to show how the link between the unconscious and conscious mind has been kept so straight. To be uncertain about ones mind, one must first doubt themself. This makes it more difficult for the person to create a conscious link between his two selves. On page 88 Jung discusses the danger of objectifying ourselves and the world around us. Jung calls it, “psychic inflation” because he thinks that we should not change the outside world in our own heads. He thinks that the world is as it is and the rest of us should not try to label it or change it. To do so is to create a “demonic” attitude for yourself.
On page 136 Jung states that, “Psychic objectivity” is the absolute belief that the spirit-world exists. However he also says that, “it is highly improbable that there could ever be a therapy that got rid of all difficulties. Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health” (p. 278). This means that although Jung thinks that his psychological practice can help people, he does not think the man will ever truly be cured. People need struggles if only to be able to truly enjoy their better moments.
On page 321 Jung talks about the work of an artist. He thinks that the art can be elaborated upon and shaped until it works to be able to bring some part of reality into itself that the current culture needs. Jung relates the psyche to religion on page 339-340 when he talks about the seventh level representing initiation into the alchemical mysteries. He says that it plays a symbolic role in finding meaning, the way that Jewish boys being bar mitzvah’d learn how to wrap the “teliphin” around their arms seven times.
On page 486 Jung says that every conflict stimulates the mind to find a solution. In this way our brains remain active and learn how to change the ways of thinking in order to come to a solution. Lastly, on page 522 Jung says that physical truths are not the only truths. This could be relating either to religion, or to the unconscious mind. Jung has many different ways of expressing himself, but he seems to think that the conscious, unconscious, ego, anima, animus, and religion all play a part in each individual persons being to create a full human with thoughts, emotions, and experience.
I have started a vocab section in my process folio. The vocab is to help decipher what Jung is really saying in his essays. I’m going to start reading a new book by Jung. It’s his autobiography! Super Duper excited! Going to sign off now, be safe internet users.