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Psychoanalysis - Carl Jung's Shadow

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Carl Jung and the unconscious

It's hard to imagine a serious talk about psychoanalysis and the human unconscious without considering the work of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung is the founder of the so-called Analytical Psychology, he coined the meaning of the term collective unconscious as we perceive it today. He is forged two of the most used notion when applied to human temperament and an individual's personal traits, qualities, and tendencies towards the world – these are extrovert and introvert. Now, Carl Jung saw the process of personal growth and maturing as a journey towards the self, towards wholeness and inner peace between both conscious and unconscious parts of our psyche. There are different psychological beings that we can meet on that dangerous adventure. They are called archetypes. They are the basics of our consciousness: collective and universal, or personal and intimate complexes of memory, emotions, and thoughts. To name the most important and distinctive archetypes that Jung pointed out, we can't miss: the shadow, the persona, the trickster, the wise old man, the divine child, and last but not least, anima and animus.

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Friday Inspirational quotes: Carl Gustav Jung

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The delicate balance between Love and Power

Completely natural for the style of the prominent swiss analytical psychologist, he puts the accent on the endless dynamics between the opposing forces in the human mind and soul. As truth is never linear, or in black and white, the same with our feelings and emotions. Our consciousness is presenting reality to us in an intrinsic and sometimes perplexing but still, the most exciting way. In order to understand Love, one should face the lack of it, and as C.G. Jung affirms - to know yourself, you shall first meet your shadow. Now, to become truly powerful we should fathom the depths of love, however, to comprehend and enjoy Love we have to yield our power to it. Spectacular dialectic. Accept your darkness and you will become luminous!

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

Carl Gustav Jung

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