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alienation - inside the mind vs. external realities

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  • seriously.merry
    ~ My life is a story of the self-realization of the unconscious is his famous first sentence, written when he was in his eighties, several years before his
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 5, 2006
      ~ My life is a story of the self-realization of the "unconscious" is
      his famous first sentence, written when he was in his eighties,
      several years before his death. He intended to tell his "personal
      myth" as he remembered it. Whether "true" or not was the reader's
      problem, not his, for it was his own "fable," his own "truth." He
      began with some of his earliest tactile memories, of the smell of
      milk, the color of sunset, and the vastness of water observed by a
      small child standing on a lakeshore. By the time he arrived at the
      concluding pages, his book (Memories, Dreams, Reflections) offered a
      remarkable summation of his extraordinary life.

      Creativity's "daimon . . . ruthlessly had its way" with him, bringing
      conflict in his profession (with Freud, for example), moral ambiguity
      in his behavior (in the very public trio he formed with his wife and
      mistress), and praise and opprobrium in equal part throughout the
      world (for his psychological theory and political activity). In
      retrospect and from the vantage point of old age, he was mostly
      satisfied with the many "unexpected things" he had experienced. He
      was "astonished, disappointed, pleased," with his life even as he
      was "distressed, depressed, rapturous." He was the sum of all these
      emotions at one and the same time.

      One of the pleasures of reliving his life by writing about it was the
      new and "unexpected unfamiliarity" it gave Jung with all those
      persons he had been: the lonely, desperately poor son of a Swiss
      country parson; the young medical doctor whose career began more in
      search of financial security than professional success; and the young
      husband who found both in a love match with the second-richest
      heiress in Switzerland; the handsome charismatic thirty-year-old who
      had no experience with women before his marriage, even though he
      attracted them in droves; and the young psychoanalyst who had the
      courage of his convictions to separate his theory from Sigmund
      Freud's despite the banishment and disgrace he knew would result.

      Throughout his book, Jung addressed the "alienation" that followed
      the decisions listed above and many others as well and described how
      they conspired to throw him into his own "inner world." There is
      scant detail of his daily life or work experience, for to
      him "outward happenings" were "hollow and insubstantial." External
      realities became subsumed in a recapitulation of his inner
      experiences, for they were what defined him and what ultimately
      mattered most … ~

      Jung, a Biography-by Deirdre Bair
      Little, Brown and Company
      Boston, New York, London
      2003
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