Possession: Jung's Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche
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Title:      Possession: Jung's Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche
Categories:      Routledge
BookID:      1208
Authors:      Craig E. Stephenson
ISBN-10(13):      041544652X
Publisher:      Routledge
Publication date:      2009-06-26
Edition:      1
Number of pages:      0
Language:      English
Price:      31.65  USD
Rating:      2 
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This illuminating study, addressed both to readers new to Jung and to those already familiar with his work, offers fresh insights into a fundamental concept of analytical psychology. Anatomizing Jung's concept of possession reinvests Jungian psychotherapy with its positive potential for practice. Analogizing the concept - lining it up comparatively beside the history of religion, anthropology, psychiatry, and even drama and film criticism - offers not a naive syncretism, but enlightening possibilities along the borders of these diverse disciplines. An original, wide-ranging exploration of phenomena both ancient and modern, this book offers a conceptual bridge between psychology and anthropology, it challenges psychiatry to culturally contextualize its diagnostic manual, and it posits a much more fluid, pluralistic and embodied notion of selfhood.
   

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You can't trust your
2014-05-02 08:13:11 Anonymous 2 
You can't trust your dreams when your uncouscions (both individual and collective) is being colonized by enemies. As is the case.I remember Campbell asserting on television that when one reaches the ideal state, all polarities dissolve...Except, he added (after what seemed to me to be a slightly awkward pause, anticipating a challenge he wasn't willing to face) the decent and the indecent.OK, someone else will define "decent" and "indecent" for you, to advantage them at your expense.We just got back to the "us and them" polarity. And every other necessary, awkward but unavoidable polarity soon after.It is very hard, in the grip of a cunning and deceitful enemy, to choose your own side.(Few white Westerners, in the grip of political correctness, manage to do it, and seriously sub-replacement fertility is evidence of their failure.)Even if you decide firmly to take your own side and pursue your best interests, you need to form an adequate conception of your true interest. (And is that individual or collective?)At that point, I think Campbell would say that you have various obvious material interests, but your higher interest is to pursue enlightenment, and the hero myth, or other myths (preferably adapted to the modern age) can help you achieve it.What is your reward for enlightenment? How will you know you have achieved it?All polarities dissolve. (Awkward pause...) Except...And there goes your enlightenment.Joseph Campbell's wax wings will only fly you out to the middle of the ocean. Then they'll melt.I'm not disrespecting Joseph Campbell. I think he was a great scholar, and I think his project was worthwhile and well-motivated.I don't think his solution works.