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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

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

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

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

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 couldn’t see the pictures. She has good vision so it wasn’t a problem with vision. I think it was a modality problem related to ‘Molyneux’s question’.

324 years ago William Molyneux wrote a letter to the British philosopher John Locke that asked a question that has only recently been answered by Pawan Sinha, a professor at MIT. Molyneux wrote, “Imagine that a man blind from birth who has learned to identify objects – a sphere and a cube, for example – only through his sense of touch is suddenly able to see. The puzzle is whether he could, by his sight, and before he touch them, know which is the globe and which the cube?”

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.

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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