A Post-Jungian perspective on the psychology of the pre-modern person in todays modern western culture
- The psychology that shall be articulated in this essay.
- Psychologically pre-modern people.
- Carl Jung's position in pre-modern and modern categories.
- Part 1.
- Jungian pre-modernism.
- Multiple symbolic representations of an image.
- Healthy or neutral feeling-tone.
- Objects that don't inflate the person's ego.
- Part 2.
- The neurotic pre-modern psyche.
- The logical progression of the essay.
- The neurotic pre-modern person.
The psychology that shall be articulated in this essay can from the outset be described as relatively pre-modern and relatively psychoanalytical. It is pre-modern because we will be focusing on the pre-modern psyche without arguing that it should be vanquished in favor of a modern psychological disposition. But this essay will also be psychoanalytical because we will be focusing on a hypothetical pre-modern personality and saying that such a person needs to adopt some thinking orientated psychoanalytical principles in order to adapt to the modern world and be healthy. The pre-modern psychology in this work relativizes the psychoanalysis and the psychoanalysis relativizes the pre-modern psychology. The author of this work studied Jungian psychology. However, learning and life experience(s) then either compliment each other or they clash. Having immersed myself in Jungian psychology to speed up the process of developing greater psychological awareness, much of Jung's views are maintained and much is vanquished.
[...] He asks this healthy or unhealthy or a mixture of the two?' Put more precisely he asks this ego-inflated or is this healthily creative and hence healthily feeling-toned, or is it a mix of the two?' And if the pre-modern person ever feels loss of feeling-tone then she has become too existential and modern and needs to turn back round and re- experience some medicinal feeling-tone. The pre-modern person must experience cultural in-ness. Cultural in-ness equates to a general healthy feeling-toned connection between inner and outer life. [...]
[...] Rather than treat Jungian psychology like a faith he made sure that he then became well-versed in the likes of Adlerian psychology and Freudian psychoanalysis. They equated to non-ego images. They may have challenged his ego but Vannoy Adams says that he is glad to have practiced what he preached because he is now all the more confident and non-defensive about his Jungian beliefs.8 Thus conflict must be thought through, not hidden from. And integrate not disintegrate. This is not to say that integration comes to an end as if one is now fully integrated. [...]
[...] The neurotic pre-modern person suffers from psychological conflict, a kind of recurring disposition to experience a split in their psyche between their conscious position and inevitable challenges to it. Being primitively feeling-toned makes it more likely that dissociation will occur from time to time due to not being naturally adapted to the modern culture. A confused mind-state can become an all-too-familiar reality for such a person. In such a person there is a clear lack of ego development and this prevents healthy social adaption from occurring and prevents the occurrence of cultural in-ness from being experienced. [...]