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Dancing With Jung

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties
And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
Cornish prayer (Anonymous). From "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," seventeenth
edition, by John Barlett and Justin Kaplan, general editor (Little, Brown and Co.,
Boston, 2002).
I have wanted to revisit the real m of Jung for some time and have enjoyed doing
this little piece about him. It surprised me then, as a student of psychology for a
long time, I don't even remember, even once, in a book or a class or in a lecture,
hearing about his 'interest' and preoccupation with the 'occult sciences.' It came as
a surprise to me, then, to find out that not only did he have an 'interest' in the
subject, he also 'saw' them. Ghosts that is. He was at one time so frightened of
them and of losing his mind, that he kept a loaded gun under his pillow in case he
had to do himself in to 'stop it.' Talk about 'I see dead people.'
Since there was no real 'proof' of these phenomena; perhaps people felt discussion
of the 'occult' detracted from the science and was a discredit to Jung as the
scientist. However; I don't think there is much cause for concern. It is al most
impossible to calculate the amount of influence Carl Jung has had on psychological
theory, how much his ideas have 'seeped' over into our everyday lives.
Jung took the ideas of the subconscious, as put forth by his friend and mentor,
Sigmund Freud, and pulled them out of the dark, dank, deep hol e into which they
had sunk, and brought them up into the light. He talked about the subconscious not
just as buried sexual feelings but made them part of the 'collective unconscious'
making us all part of the whole of humanity. He described -The Shadow' part of our
personalities not as an 'evil' part of us but more like the non-dominant hand each
person has. We all are born with two hands; one is dominant and the other is not.
The 'Shadow' of our personalities is just like that non-dominant hand. It is not