- Definitions of aging
- Our culture’s attitude toward aging and the elderly
- Some key archetypes
- Jung’s concept of types and how types relate to aging
- Jung’s prescription for living in old age
Exercise 1 Questions
- What does “aging” or “getting old” mean to you?
- What associations or adjectives come to mind when you hear the word “old”?
- Are you aware of yourself getting older? If so, what has made you aware of this?
Begin reading Jane on Aging, Old Age & Death (pp. 441-549); read my essay “Enjoying the Afternoon of Life: Jung on Aging,” and Jung’s essay, “The Stages of Life;” complete the type assessment exercise (if you have never filled it out before); reflect on this question after you have identified your type: “How might I develop my inferior function?”
On Jung’s essay “The Stages of Life:”
- There are 7 stages of life/consciousness that Jung identifies; what are they?
- According to Jung what creates consciousness?
- What does Jung mean by “our Promethean conquest”?
- How does Jung feel most of us face the problems of life?
- How does Jung define the sciences?
- What does Jung identify as the source of most individual problems in the years 20-35?
- What is the cause of most later-life neuroses?
- What does Jung see happening to the genders in later life?
- What does Jung want to see older people do that would be inappropriate for younger people?
- What is Jung’s opinion about American culture and the elderly?
- Why do most modern people find it hard to believe in life after death?
- Why does Jung urge us to live with a goal or aim?
- How does Jung think we should regard death?
- When Jung speaks of “primordial images” to what is he referring?
- How does he suggest we go about living the “fullest life”?
- How are infancy and extreme old age similar?
- What do you think Jung means by the statement that “The serious problems in life, however, are never fully solved.”
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