Seldom or never does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly or without crises. There is no birth of consciousness without pain. – Jung (Portable Jung, p.167) The “individual relationship” Jung is talking about here is how the gradual growth of the two people, who usually come together unconsciously, can help turn each […]Read more "Growth In Relationship"
I mention all this just to illustrate the order of magnitude to which the anima/animus projections belong, and the moral and intellectual exertions that are needed to dissolve them. Not all the contents of the anima and animus are projected, however. Many of them appear spontaneously in dreams and so on, and many more can […]Read more "A Normal Person “Knows What He Thinks”"
When Heaven is about to confer a great mission upon a person, it first exercises his mind with suffering and his body with toil. It subjects him to hunger and poverty and perplexes his undertakings. By all these means it stimulates his mind, hardens his nature, and relieves his incompetence. – MenciusRead more "Engaging in Unfortunate Events"
The unconscious processes that compensate the conscious ego contain all those elements that are necessary for the self-regulation of the psyche as a whole. On the personal level, these are the not consciously recognized personal motives which appear in dreams, or the meanings of daily situations which we have overlooked, or conclusions we have failed […]Read more "Unconscious Compensations"
The Elgonyi, natives of the Elgon forests, of central Africa, explained to me that there are two kinds of dreams: the ordinary dream of the little man, and the “big vision” that only the great man has, e.g., the medicine-man or chief. Little dreams are of no account, but if a man has a “big […]Read more "Big or a Little One?"
Yet it would, in my view, be wrong to suppose that in such cases the unconscious is working to a deliberate and concerted plan and is striving to realize certain definite ends. I have found nothing to support this assumption. The driving force, so far as it is possible for us to grasp it, seems […]Read more "The Planless Unconscious & The Value of Neurosis"
At the Beginning of the treatment the patient was quite unconscious of the fact that her relation to her father was a fixation, and that she was therefore seeking a man like her father, whom she could meet with her intellect. This in itself would not have been a mistake if her intellect had not had […]Read more "A Feminine Intellect"