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  1. Introduction.
  2. Part 1.
    1. Jung's introduction of personified entities into his psychology.
    2. A differentiated ego.
    3. Splitting the neurotic patient from his or her cultural life.
    4. The transpersonal Jungian territory.
  3. Part 2.
    1. Jung's psychology according to Giegerich.
    2. Jung - psychologically unborn.
    3. Jung contradicting himself.
    4. His neediness for meaning and numinosity.
  4. Conclusion.

This essay is influenced by (but in opposition to) Jungian psychology. Jung's psychology does not equate to culture and psyche running side by side with one another. Rather Jungian psychology splits culture and psyche by establishing compensation as a key principle. Hence, the psyche compensates for culture and focuses on what culture misses out. A cursory glance through Jungian texts will show up a mountain of esoteric material (myth, fairy-tale, spiritualism, alchemy, Gnosticism, traditional religion, story-telling romanticism, mysticism) and overlook almost entirely that which is contemporary. The reason why Jung (himself) compensated for the culture that he was born into was because he was a childhood neurotic and his answer to neurosis was to immerse himself in numinosity. We see this kind of attitude and response to neurosis in existentialism today. Jung was not comfortable in contemporary life.

[...] If one doesn't possess developed differentiated ego consciousness then one may experience a kind of neurosis as one gets a sense of not fitting in. The transpersonal Jungian territory is alien to us. We do not really understand Jungian territory. It is another culture. It entices because we do not really understand it. That is what the esoteric does. But the Jungian introvert can hide there and get lost in the fog. If psyche and culture parallel one another in their evolutionary journey then most of us need to accept this reality for ourselves not by attaching to culture. [...]

[...] So one must possess a developed differentiated ego that more than compensates for any attachment to money, celebrity, a sports team (etc) that one may be a little guilty of. Differentiated ego (ego = subject, outer phenomena = object) goes with western science whereby subject and object are split. They aren't one. It is only by splitting subject and object that the person is able to think and work anything out at all. Those who haven't at all established differentiating ego consciousness is stuck in a primitive or Middle Ages mentality; a kind of superstition-orientated psychology. [...]

[...] What is important for us to note is that these cultural collective representations are precisely that; i.e. cultural. Psyche has moved on. As far as explanations about the world are concerned science has replaced collective representations. The fact that collective representations used to explain the way the world works makes it understandable that people used to accept them. Given that they have lost their explanatory value makes it understandable that we (modern westerners) reject them. Jung is well-aware that psyche moves on and that for many people myth is dead. [...]

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