Jung mentions suicide in his letters, often in response to specific questions regarding suicide from correspondents. It is here that we find Jung had quite specific notions of suicide and viewed the act as wasteful. Yet, the connection between his own clients and suicide goes unmentioned. Jung’s strongest statement is made to a “Mrs. N.”, a 47 year old woman concerned about the impact of her suicide attempt at age 21. This statement is contained in a letter dated 13 October 1951.
There is a great article in this month’s Rolling Stone by the respected Princeton University historian, Sean Wilentz. He looks at the Bush administration from several angles. I’m most concerned about the current rage of uncritcal thinking and outdated views on science and Wilentz. From the article:
“While forcing federally funded agencies to remove from their Web sites scientific information about reproductive health and the effectiveness of condoms in combating HIV/AIDS, and while peremptorily overruling staff scientists at the Food and Drug Administration on making emergency contraception available over the counter, Bush officials have censored and suppressed research findings they don’t like by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Agriculture.”
Over the course of the past century, psychology has been consumed with the search for magical tests that will reliably predict someone’s personality. Hermann Rorschach proposed that great meaning lay in the way that people described inkblots. The creators of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory believed in the revelatory power of true-false items such as “I have never had any black, tarry-looking bowel movements” or “If the money were right, I would like to work for a circus or a carnival.” (more…)
This article is from the New York Times (August 30, 2005). The most striking thing from this article by Cornelia Dean may be that 20% of Americans think that the Sun goes around the Earth:
When Jon D. Miller looks out across America, which he can almost do from his 18th-floor office at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, he sees a landscape of haves and have-nots – in terms not of money, but of knowledge.
“Sex — it gives us diseases, sucks away our energy, clouds our judgment and doesn’t even transfer our genes that efficiently anyway. So why have humans and most other animals evolved this bizarre, slightly dirty quirk of sexual reproduction? Why haven’t we all taken Woody Allen’s advice, and evolved to reproduce with someone we love, instead?” (more…)
John Ryan Haule is leading some of the most interesting discussions on evolutionary psychology from a Jungian perspective: “Jung dreamed the dream of the biological and human sciences at a time before a synthesis of those disciplines was possible. And he did so with amazing prescience. By the hundredth anniversary of his birth, evidence was finally coming in that the human body-and-mind is organized by inherited structures essentially indistinguishable from the archetypes. In the last thirty years, the evidence has become overwhelming. Therefore, the time has come to tell the story of this remarkable consilience between our Jungian psychology and a biology founded on Darwinian principles and augmented by genetics — what biologists today call the “modern synthesis.” (more…)