Archetypal Reflections: Insights and Ideas from Jungian Psychology

Archetypal Reflections: Insights and Ideas from Jungian Psychology

ISBN: 9781908995193
Paperback
May 2016
RRP: £17.95

About the Book

In this book, Keiron Le Grice shares his expertise in depth psychology and its central preoccupation: the workings of the unconscious mind. Adapted from his teaching in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, Archetypal Reflections provides concise paragraph-length analyses and explanations on a wide range of topics, focusing on the work of

C. G. Jung and other influential figures such as Nietzsche, Freud, Campbell, and Hillman.

Skillfully illuminating Jung’s theories of archetypes, individuation, the Self, and synchronicity, Le Grice also explores a number of other fascinating topics such as the role of the unconscious and myth in modern culture, the evolution of consciousness and civilization, the quest for spiritual meaning in a secular age, and the intersection of depth psychology and the new sciences. The primary concern throughout is the capacity of depth psychology to inform and transform our worldview, addressing the question of how we might find greater meaning and spiritual fulfillment in life.

Le Grice shows how Jungian ideas can provide a source of deep wisdom to inform the inner journey and help us to better understand our place in the larger scheme of things. 

 

About the Author

Keiron Le Grice is Professor of Depth Psychology and Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. The founding editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, he is the author of three other books: The Archetypal Cosmos, The Rebirth of the Hero,

and Discovering Eris. 

 

Complete Table of Contents

Preface .................................................................................................... xiii

Acknowledgments .................................................................................. xv

Chapter 1: Depth Psychology and Human Nature ............................... 1

The Function and Role of Depth Psychology ........................................ 1

Freud and Jung: Comparisons and Contrasts ......................................... 7

The Forces of Psychology .................................................................... 17

Chapter 2: Introducing Archetypes...................................................... 23

The Concept of Archetypes .................................................................. 23

Creativity and Inspiration, Possession and Inflation ............................ 33

Personal and Archetypal, Stereotypes and Typology ........................... 36

Fate and Participation...........................................................................39

Chapter 3: The Pantheon of Jungian Archetypes ............................... 43

The Hero............................................................................................... 43

The Shadow .......................................................................................... 44

Anima and Animus, Feminine and Masculine ..................................... 48

From the Shadow to the Anima ............................................................ 50

The Differentiation of the Anima ......................................................... 53

The Differentiation of the Animus ....................................................... 55

The Archetype of the Spirit (the Wise Old Man and the Crone) .......... 56

The Great Mother ................................................................................. 59

The Trickster ........................................................................................ 63

The Child..............................................................................................65

Chapter 4: Individuation and the Self ................................................. 67

Individuation and Archetypes............................................................... 67

The Dissolution of the Persona ............................................................ 72

The Relationship with the Self ............................................................. 73

Conscious Participation and Affirmation ............................................. 75

Pleasure and Pain, Happiness and Suffering ........................................ 79

Individuation, Religion, and Enlightenment ........................................ 82

Chapter 5: Religion, Myth, and Spirituality ....................................... 89

Freud: Religion as Illusion ................................................................... 89

Freud, Jung, and Campbell................................................................... 90

Myth and Archetypes ........................................................................... 95

Morality and Individuation................................................................... 99

Transformations of Myth.................................................................... 101

Myth, Nature, and the Cosmos...........................................................106

Christ and Devil, Light and Dark ....................................................... 107

Chapter 6: The Evolution of Consciousness and Worldviews ......... 113

Philosophy and the Western Worldview............................................. 113

Cartesian Philosophy and the Rise of the Modern Ego...................... 115

Disenchantment and Participation...................................................... 117

Collective Transformation and Enantiodromia .................................. 119

Cosmological Evolution and Individuation........................................ 124

Chapter 7: Synchronicity .................................................................... 127

Defining Synchronicity ...................................................................... 127

Numinosity and Intensity of Experience ............................................ 128

Interpretation of Meaning................................................................... 129

The Moral Vector................................................................................ 131

Prevalence .......................................................................................... 132

The Symbolic Attitude ....................................................................... 135

Reason and Worldviews ..................................................................... 137

Causality and Acausality .................................................................... 140

Order, Orchestration, and the Self......................................................142

Chapter 8: The Unconscious and the Anima Mundi ......................... 147

 The Psychoid Dimension of Archetypes ............................................ 147

Biology and the Unconscious............................................................. 149

The Collective Unconscious as Matrix and Field .............................. 151

The Anima Mundi and the Interiority of Nature................................. 153

Space and Time .................................................................................. 156

Chapter 9: Science and the New Cosmology ..................................... 159

Modern Physics .................................................................................. 159

Morphic Fields ................................................................................... 161

Systems Theory and the Tao............................................................... 162

The Universe Story and Cosmological Evolution..............................165

Chapter 10: James Hillman and Archetypal Psychology ................. 171

Hillman’s Approach............................................................................ 171

Psychopathology and the Medical Model of Psychotherapy ............. 173

The Paternal Lineage of Depth Psychology ....................................... 174

Individuation, Wholeness, and the Unconscious................................ 176

Spirituality, Therapy, and Transcendence........................................... 178

Gods and Archetypes: Hermes, Senex, and Puer ............................... 180

Personification and Personifying........................................................ 182

Image, Symbol, and Meaning ............................................................ 184

Polytheism, Postmodernism, and the Self..........................................187

Heidegger and Dasein ........................................................................ 190

Notes ...................................................................................................... 193

Bibliography and Recommended Reading ........................................ 197 

 

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