Jung on Falling into the Hole Backwards

Jung on “Falling Into the Hole Backwards”   Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on the Jungian Center site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members. Honesty, as well […]

The Bi-Polarity of Human Nature

Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on this site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members. The Bipolarity of Human Nature “With my patients, … the katabasis and katalysis […]

Why We Do What We Do Part 2

Why Do We Do What We Do? Part II: Some Examples     Part I of this essay discussed Jung’s list of determinants of human behavior. In this part Jung’s ideas get illustrated by real-life examples. I will illustrate as many of his ideas as I can, drawing on my own life and from my […]

Why Do We Do What We Do–Part I

Why Do We Do What We Do? Part I: Jung on Some Determinants of Human Behavior     … from the psychological standpoint five main groups of instinctive factors can be distinguished: hunger, sexuality, activity, reflection, and creativity. In the last analysis, instincts are ectopsychic determinants. Jung (1936)[1]   Instinct as an ectopsychic factor would […]

The Religious Impulse in the Human Being

The Religious Impulse in the Human Being: Jung on Religion, Spirituality and the Life Worth Living   I want to make clear that by the term “religion” I do not mean a creed. It is, however, true that every creed is originally based on the one hand upon the experience of the numinosum and on […]

Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on this site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members.     Jung’s Moral Relativism     … man is a morally responsible […]

Jung on Miracles

Here we have a little miracle. I have no prejudice against these little miracles. Such peculiar things take place occasionally, but how they are connected with our psychology God knows, I don’t. Only fools think that everything can be explained. The true substance of the world is inexplicable…. Jung (1929)1 One always is making the […]

Jung on Numbers

Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on this site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members.   Jung on Numbers     A mathematician once remarked that everything in […]

Jung on the Axiom of Maria Prophetessa

Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on this site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members.   Jung on the Axiom of Maria Prophetessa   One becomes two, two […]

Psychological Entropy or Why We Don’t Want to Have All Our Wishes Fulfilled

Sue Mehrtens is the author of this and all the other blog essays on this site. The opinions expressed in these essays are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other Jungian Center faculty or Board members.  Psychological Entropy or Why We Don’t Want to Have All Our Wishes Fulfilled […]