Jung and the “New Dispensation”

Jung and the “New Dispensation”               In the previous essay I noted how Jung anticipated a new development in the evolution of religion. Some of his followers call this the “new dispensation.”[1] Just what this means, and the role the individual will play in it, is the subject of this essay.             We must […]

Jung and the Numinosum

Jung and the Numinosum  “Phoberon to empesein eis cheiras theou zontos.” “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31 “… the experience of the self is always a defeat for the ego.” [italics in the original]       Jung, Collected Works, 14, ¶778               The first of the […]

Jung on the Problem Child

Jung on the Problem Child   “… the things which have the most powerful effect upon children do not come from the conscious state of the parents but from their unconscious background.”[1]                                                                                                 C.G. Jung, 1927 “It is of course not possible for parents to have no complexes […]

The Chosen Few: Analysis as the Hero’s Journey

“The Chosen Few:” Analysis as the Hero’s Journey   “To develop one’s own personality is indeed an unpopular undertaking, a deviation that is highly uncongenial to the herd, an eccentricity smelling of the cenobite, as it seems to the outsider. Small wonder, then, that from earliest times only the chosen few have embarked upon this […]

Jung and Buridan’s Ass: Jung on Making Good Choices

Jung and Buridan’s Ass: A Jungian Approach to Choosing               Those readers of this blog who are on the mailing list of The Jungian Center[1] were informed of the voiceover dream I had on September 22, 2009. The voice said: October 2010 will be an especially important month, when key choices are made that […]

Components of Individuation 3: Internalizing a Locus of Authority

Components of Individuation: Part III—Internalizing a Locus of Authority               A few years ago my sister took to wearing a button on her shirt as she went through her days on the University of Vermont campus. The button said “Question Authority.” She didn’t wear the button for long, because she found people’s reaction to […]

Components of Individuation 4: Internalizing a Locus of Security

Components of Individuation: Part IV—Internalizing a Locus of Security               In the previous parts of this four-part essay we noted how we hold others responsible when we externalize a locus of control and how we expect others to take over responsibility for decision-making when we externalize a locus of authority. How might we expect […]

Components of Individuation 2: Internalizing a Locus of Control

Components of Individuation: Part II—Internalizing a Locus of Control               In Part I of this four-part essay we noted that a pre-requisite for achieving individuation was internalizing a locus of control. What does this mean?   Defining “Locus of Control”               I encountered the term “locus on control” in the works of Jungian […]

Components of Individuation 1: What is individuation?

Components of Individuation: Part I—What is Individuation?             “Individuation” is a term often associated with Jung and his psychology. In this four-part essay we are going to define “individuation” and discuss some of the benefits, elements and requirements for achieving individuation (Part I). Then we’ll examine several components of it, specifically the locus of control […]

The Apocatastasis of Global Civilization

The Apocatastasis of Global Civilization: Seizing the Opportunity in the Archetype of the Apocalypse               “Apocatastasis.”[1] It’s a five-dollar Greek word that Jung used repeatedly in his writings,[2] drawing on earlier usage in the New Testament[3] and the Gnostic gospels.[4] It means a “re-establishment,” “restoration” or “reconstitution,” and, as we noted in the previous […]