Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (The by C. G. Jung

By C. G. Jung

Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is among the significant works of Jung's later years. The critical subject of the amount is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality in the course of the suggestion of the Self, whose conventional old similar is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis via an research of the Allegoria Christi, particularly the fish image, but additionally of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, supply a priceless summation of those key techniques in Jung's procedure of psychology.

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32 O N L AT E N C Y the former is considered either as a descriptive term referring to a partial function of the superego or as a separate mental structure. The main question for these authors was whether or not the term ‘ego ideal’ had changed its meaning between 1914 and 1923. Annie Reich (1954: 218) distinguished the superego as being the representation of ‘the identifications resulting from the breakdown of the Oedipus complex’ whilst the ego ideal was based on ‘identification with parental figures seen in a glorified light’.

4 4 Freud’s ‘psychogenic’ cultural concept is based on the antagonism between sexuality and civilization: sexuality must be repressed when sublimation is not possible. The determinism of early infancy and the family are considered to be the core of civilization. Culture and society are seen as a reflection of the family and the primary objects (Erdheim 2007: 53); whereas ‘Freud’s libidinous cultural concept’ derives from the antagonistic interrelation between civilization and family, thus the family tends to keep cellular union in contrast to civilization, which tends to offer socialization.

However several psychoanalytical authors have tried to understand and explain the nuances, mainly concerning the discrimination2 between ‘ego ideal’ and ‘superego’, where 2 The meaning of the term ‘discrimination’ in this case is related to having the ability to differentiate. 32 O N L AT E N C Y the former is considered either as a descriptive term referring to a partial function of the superego or as a separate mental structure. The main question for these authors was whether or not the term ‘ego ideal’ had changed its meaning between 1914 and 1923.

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