Category: Psychology

Could Suicidal Behaviors Be the Result of Evolution?

Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic. One in six Americans will suffer a major depressive disorder at some point in life.1 That word—disorder—characterizes how most of us see depression. It’s a breakdown, a flaw in the system, something to be remedied and moved past. Some psychologists, however, have argued that depression is ...

Carl Jung & The Red Book

Features the preeminent psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung’s famous Red Book, which records the creation of the seminal theories that Jung developed after his 1913 split with Sigmund Freud, and explores its place in Jung’s work through related items from the Library’s collections. Speaker Biography: Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani is a London-based author, editor, and professor ...

Myers-Briggs: Does it pay to know your type?

Some grandmothers pass down cameo necklaces. Katharine Cook Briggs passed down the world’s most widely used personality test. Chances are you’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or will. Roughly 2 million people a year do. It has become the gold standard of psychological assessments, used in businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. Along the way, ...

I Shall Pass This Way Again

“When the big bang happened, all the atoms in the universe, they were all smashed together into one little dot that exploded outward. So my atoms and your atoms were certainly together then, and, who knows, probably smashed together several times in the last 13.7 billion years. So my atoms have known your atoms, and ...

Blindness, Shape, and Modality

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Henri Bergson A few years ago I was showing my Nana pictures on my phone and though she looked at the phone it wasn’t obvious she understood what she was looking at. It was as if she was just looking at the phone and ...

Neo-Xenophobia: A Reaction to Progress

There has recently been a growing trend of really bizarre public statements by conservative politicians in America. These statements are not gaffes or times when a person was quoted out of context. These are backward, racist comments from public officials that are hard to believe. We as a country have made serious progress towards equality, ...

Carl Jung and the Holy Grail of the Unconscious

This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are ...

Carl Jung In a Box

Like you, my life is very busy and I don’t always have the time I need to address my acute schizophrenia personal issues, so I often just talk to my personal therapist, Carl Jung. Sure, he may have died 40 years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t commune with him directly through the new ...

A Confederacy of Dunces

“When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” – Jonathan Swift I marvel at what science has explained. But what really keeps me reading late into the night is what science has not explained. I suppose it is this ...

On Life after Death

Attached is an essay from C.G. Jung on his view of life after death. His witting is always interesting and this one I enjoy in particular. Jung says, “What I have to tell about the hereafter, and about life after death, consists entirely of memories, of images in which I have lived and of thoughts ...

Young Indiana Jones, Freud, Jung and Adler

In Vienna, Indy becomes smitten with Princess Sophie, daughter of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. His flustered efforts to spend time with her nearly land the Jones family in the middle of a diplomatic incident. Heartsick, Indy seeks advice from the esteemed members of the world’s first ever psychoanalytic conference, but the words of wisdom offered ...

Jung & Alcoholics Anonymous

This clip describes the relation between the theories of Carl Gustav Jung, and the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous. It also elucidates the connection between Jung’s pioneering theory and its more contemporary applications.

Carl Jung and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The next issue of What Is Enlightenment? is going to an interesting one. Here is the excerpt: “In one of WIE’s most eclectic issues yet, we trace the profound influence that the 20th-century luminaries Carl Jung and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin have had on the way we see ourselves and our world, and how their ...

The Tetris Effect

As the old saying goes, “we are what we eat.” We are also what we think about. Ever wake up in the morning (or the middle of night) thinking about work, school, or maybe a book you’ve been reading or a video game you’ve been playing? I think we have all done this. I used ...

A Metaphysical Realization

There is a magnificent essay by Schopenhauer in which he asks, how is it that a human being can so participate in the peril or pain of another that without thought, spontaneously, he sacrifices his own life to the other? How can it happen that what we normally think of as the first law of ...