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Jung s thesis in this book is that modern society turns individuals into a social mass where they are categorized by statistical averages that dehumanize people who are, inherently, unique beings who operate by irregularity Modern society thus turns inevitably into the state with its standardized laws and policies, and is run by rulers that are mouthpieces of the state doctrine, and by a Leader who almost infallibly becomes the victim of his own inflated ego consciousness This is how J Jung s thesis in this book is that modern society turns individuals into a social mass where they are categorized by statistical averages that dehumanize people who are, inherently, unique beings who operate by irregularity Modern society thus turns inevitably into the state with its standardized laws and policies, and is run by rulers that are mouthpieces of the state doctrine, and by a Leader who almost infallibly becomes the victim of his own inflated ego consciousness This is how Jung has the constitutional state drifting into the situation of a primitive form of society, namely the communism of a primitive tribe where everybody is subject to the autocratic rule of a chief or an oligarchy This is interesting political theory The modern state suppresses individuality with official doctrine, creeds, and truth and turns people into social units To correct this situation, Jung sees a vital role for the individual s private relationship with an extramundane authority as opposed to mass, organized religion that taps into the inner man This is the undiscovered self As to what that might be, Jung calls it an insoluble puzzle that, nevertheless, must be allowed expression via symbols and such that conduce to synthesis versus a dissociation of personality , allowing the individual to regain control of his or her life For Jung, the puzzle that must be solved is to adapt instinctive, a priori archetypal forms into ideas which are adequate to the challenges of the present Psychic health appears to involve some sort of immediate relation to God, a tapping into one s instinctive being, and expression of what lies inside rather than its suppression Somehow, this leads to self knowledge and health and, we presume, counters mass society and its oppressive nature Jung weaves many separate ideas together in a long, tenuous, stream of consciousness sort of way and it s not particularly clear what we will find when we tap into our unconscious and how that will counter the ills of mass society Jung is clear that evil is built into our nature so the presumption must be that understanding this side of our nature enables us to control it somehow He also affirmatively asserts we must love our neighbor Where love stops, he says, power, violence and terror begin Jung seems to have faith that when one looks inside, somehow love will find a way to conquer power, violence and terror Human history suggests, however, that it s also prudent that power be held in reserve if love fails to do its job That, it is evident, would make Jung uncomfortable Everyone needs to read this book In a society over saturated with media and driven by mass consumerism, it is hard to figure out who you are as an individual Jung argues that no society can thrive if individuals to not get to know themselves Not in the conscious I like to read sense but in the unconscious sense. In his classic, provocative work, Dr Carl Jung one of psychiatry s greatest minds argues that the future depends on our ability to resist society s mass movements Only by understanding our unconscious inner nature the undiscovered self can we gain the self knowledge that is antithetical to ideological fanaticism But this requires facing the duality of the human psyche the existence of good and evil in us all In this seminal book, Jung compellingly argues that only then can we cope and resist the dangers posed by those in power This book is a lot better before you read it the distinguished black cover with its thought provoking image the profile of a man s head, in white, with a smaller, multicolored profile inside, superimposed by a black labyrinth It s all so perfectly 1958 The year The Undiscovered Self a beautiful title was released But the book itself is basically an acidulous, slightly paranoid attack on Communism, tinged with a faint apology for Jung s onetime acceptance of the Nazis.In 1958, Sci This book is a lot better before you read it the distinguished black cover with its thought provoking image the profile of a man s head, in white, with a smaller, multicolored profile inside, superimposed by a black labyrinth It s all so perfectly 1958 The year The Undiscovered Self a beautiful title was released But the book itself is basically an acidulous, slightly paranoid attack on Communism, tinged with a faint apology for Jung s onetime acceptance of the Nazis.In 1958, Science and Progress were unstoppable, creating a monolithic state Opening the book at random Whereas the man of today can easily think about and understand all the truths dished out to him by the State, his understanding of religion is made considerablydifficult owing to the lack of explanations.You can thank R.F.C Hull for that flat footed translation or possibly the problem is the manuscript itself, by the aging Carl Jung He died in 1961 Incidentally, that passage I just quoted was highlighted in blue by the nameless previous owner of my copy a nice Mentor paperback That highlighter got started on the very first page, when the book is described, under the headline Prescription for Salvation She or he underlined Dr Jung affirmed that the survival of our civilization might well depend upon closing the widening gulf between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the human psyche.The problem is that as that first, random quotation implied the unconscious turns out to basically mean Christianity.Jung was not much of a prophet Ten years after this book, the vast and monolithic state began to wither, replaced by niche marketing, Hippies, libertarian Republicans and Jesus freaks The Age of Ideology was over, replaced by the Age of Entrepreneurial Snack Bars No longer was this passage true The bigger the crowd thenegligible the individual becomes But if the individual, overwhelmed by the sense of his own puniness and impotence, should feel that his life has lost its meaning which, after all, is not identical with public welfare and higher standards of living then he is already on the road to State slavery and, without knowing or wanting it, has become its proselyte.Farewell, State slavery Hello, Starbucks This is a summary of the human condition Individuals, the dangers of capitalism and totalitarianism, and the role of personal beliefs and faith All there. This book is as timeless as human nature Cases are made in favor of both freedom delving into the strains of individuality posed by communism and socialism and the soul delving into the strains of individuality posed by over adhearance to most of society s organized religions , all through articulations centered around self knowledge Jung s main concept of self knowledge has to do with the power of the unconscious and the pulls from it s dark, simplistic instincts one s shadow Without se This book is as timeless as human nature Cases are made in favor of both freedom delving into the strains of individuality posed by communism and socialism and the soul delving into the strains of individuality posed by over adhearance to most of society s organized religions , all through articulations centered around self knowledge Jung s main concept of self knowledge has to do with the power of the unconscious and the pulls from it s dark, simplistic instincts one s shadow Without self knowledge, the ever present shadow continues to be ignored, perpetually becoming greater in its danger and influence When faced with a situation that the conscious can t handle, the shadow comes out, typically resulting in negative actions While these actions are acted out on an individual level, they collectively have broad social ramifications apowerful state, an unthinking and overly dogmatized religion, etc all of which further inhibit the individual, creating a snowball effect Jung argues that we must recognize and deal with the evils of our shadows through honest introspection, and through states of individual being that are not influenced by mass groups In this book he successfully demonstrates that if an individual is to thrive, he must be in touch with his full, undiscovered self . It is amazing how one, perplexed as it might be by our race, finds everything as plain as the back of his hand after reading this perfectly written book It might sound like a clich , but yes the message of this book is to make us aware of the importance of this overlooked infinitesimal dot on Earth the individual.I won t restate every crucial point made by Jung Nevertheless, I would like to open up my thoughts about all the truths in this book, in brief.For all what we have, for all the advan It is amazing how one, perplexed as it might be by our race, finds everything as plain as the back of his hand after reading this perfectly written book It might sound like a clich , but yes the message of this book is to make us aware of the importance of this overlooked infinitesimal dot on Earth the individual.I won t restate every crucial point made by Jung Nevertheless, I would like to open up my thoughts about all the truths in this book, in brief.For all what we have, for all the advancements, for all the knowledge we gained, we are the victims of an illusionary world in which we constructed the tyrannical ideas that would, for now and ever, take full control of us depriving us of our basic human right self knowledgeAs populations grow, needs also increase We begin squeezing our minds trying to find solutions to complex situations As a result, we get advancements in technology, sciences, and economics that would aid us in taking on our voyage on Earth until human civilization is annihilated However, as everything external grows and the need for professional aptness increases, our inner man, our unconscious, is shrouded by a dark, metallic veil Self discovery becomes obsolete and power is rendered the domain We, as a result, succumb to the race s, or the mass as Jung prefers to name, demands which we aren t aware of the source form which they arose Whether these demands are collective forces of the society or just contagious desires isn t really the case here both ways lead to the tyranny that deprives the human being from self discovery obscuring his desires and inclinations Thus, we find our instincts faded and our personalities shaped to fit our society Unfortunately, this process of corrosion leads to the rise of arbitrary political power and the neglect of the human soul.Another disadvantage of this phenomenon is the obscurity in which it places religion To make advancements we need to employ methods that are basically built on reason however, as Jung said, reason alone does not suffice The predominance of reason in our worldly life easily permeates through other extra mundane issues We give religion a look of suspicion trying to rationalize every aspect of it which is what the atheist does to become an atheist The truth in this, however, is that we have to accept that some things transcend human knowledge and that the core of religion, any religion, can contain mythological aspects that we can t work out Rather than giving up on religion, which gives us inner power awakening the unconscious and giving the individual a golden ticket to his inner soul, we are supposed to hold tight to it.After all, it is we who construct or destruct ourselves by will We are capable of inspiring the unconscious guaranteeing ourselves the opportunity of change and are as capable of suppressing it by submerging in the mass until we break down with dissociation It s all fifty fifty inside us evilness and kindness, happiness and sadness, not to mention other features However, we have to choose which part of us we want to invest in To do this, we need to know who we are I opened this book without any expectations, so I can t say I was surprised by its contents but I am indeed surprised that it is still so well liked and widely read The Undiscovered Self is a book mired in a Cold War mentality fear of communism, totalitarianism, technology, world destruction so I find it interesting how many people feel that it hasn t lost any of its relevance Well, perhaps they re right after all, we still have oppressive governments, dangerous mass movements, and weapons c I opened this book without any expectations, so I can t say I was surprised by its contents but I am indeed surprised that it is still so well liked and widely read The Undiscovered Self is a book mired in a Cold War mentality fear of communism, totalitarianism, technology, world destruction so I find it interesting how many people feel that it hasn t lost any of its relevance Well, perhaps they re right after all, we still have oppressive governments, dangerous mass movements, and weapons capable of destroying the world So what is Jung s message, then Jung accepts Freud s central premise that the mind is separated into the conscious and the unconscious The conscious is the realm of the rational, the scientific, the social, the cultural the unconscious is the realm of the irrational, the violent, the spiritual, the religious, the holy Jung believes that, in the past, when religion wasintegral to our society, these two parts of ourselves were in greater harmony but in modern times there has arisen a split, leading to a sort of general neuroticism The main problem is that we have attempted to suppress the unconscious completely, emphasizing only the conscious part of our nature and this is a problem because the unconscious is the source of our individuality.Look again at the list of things Jung associates with the conscious mind rationality, science, culture, and so on These are things that are, by definition, impersonal they are the same for everyone Thus the modern view of humankind has lost sight of the individual completely we only attempt to understand ourselves statistically, as one part of a whole Even modern religion, in Jung s opinion, has turned into a mass movement, whereas it should really be a way to connect individual souls with the divine This overemphasis on the conscious mind has made us suggestible we are always seeking value and definition from the outside, since we can t find it within The result of this is that the few people who have embraced their individuality can easily become leaders, perhaps tyrants, bending the masses to their whims Jung s proposed solution is simple encourage people to get in touch with their unconscious minds This can be done through ritual, meditation, or even by seeing a psychologist Partly this will mean acknowledging and coming to terms with the violent side of our nature Most of the time, we view violence as something confined to evil people, enemies and criminals This is a dangerous view, as it fails to force people to realize that the capacity for violence is a part of human nature, and thus lies within everyone Until we understand this, we will be prone to being stirred up in violent mass movements, since it is the people who believe they are good and peaceful who are most easily persuaded to do nasty things.It is interesting to compare Jung s prescription to Freud s analysis in Civilization and its Discontents The picture Freud paints of modern society is generally very similar to Jung s Freud also thinks that a source of unhappiness for the modern individual is our repressed unconsciousness However, Freud thinks that these unconscious desires are so dangerous and illicit that they simply must be suppressed in order to have a functioning society We just have to accept a certain amount of unhappiness, and try to minimize the occasions when our repressed violent impulses boil over into wars and exterminations Jung has a less pessimistic view of our unconscious desires he accepts that they can be violent, but he also sees them as a great source of strength and happiness.For my part, I think the psychological premise in both of these works is simplistic I don t think we can get very far in the analysis of the mind by dividing it up into two chunks, conscious and unconscious nor do I think that living in a modern society requires such intense repression and self negation Further, I can t agree with Jung that our troubles stem from an overemphasis on reason rather, I think a lack of rational thinking isoften the problem And besides, what is this true self that we are trying to get in touch with After reading Montaigne, the writer who best exemplified the chaotic torrent of our conscious experience, I am very skeptical that there is any such being at our core to get in touch with, and that we are, rather, like our thoughts, an ever changing flux Gegenwart und Zukunft The Undiscovered Self, C.G Jung 2005 1351 Gegenwart und Zukunft The Undiscovered Self, C.G Jung 2005 1351 1383 100 9647033427 1384 9789647033428 1385 1389 1392 100 9786001191657 20