Dying and Creating: A Search for Meaning (Library of Analytical Psychology)
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Jung devoted much of his attention to the psychology of death, re-birth and transformation. The author acknowledges his creative spirit and the depth of his understanding in this discussion of the many customs, myths, stories and beliefs that surround death and dying. The author shows that a fear of death can deprive us of potential sources of creativity, as these are hindered by paralysing fears.
earned herself the reputation of being a generous and socially conscious person. The patient had slept in his mother's bed until a very late age. He never could remember at what age he was 'thrown out'. But he remembered experiencing all sorts of anxieties and phantasies in this close contact with his mysterious mother. And he remembered that at times he would put on all avail able clothes before going to bed at night—as if he needed many thick layers of protective clothing. Early in his
saw 'a snail with its shell on its back , perhaps expressing through this image his need to feel safe and always 'at home . 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 52 On the threshold of death: a pilot study of four dying patients H i s responses to the F a t h e r , the phallic a n d the Mother cards were relatively flat a n d dull a n d he tended to shrink a w a y from the blots as a whole a n d instead clung to small a n d unconnected areas, though he himself was uncomfortable w i t h this
satisfaction of his needs, so that he can later on fulfil them more adequately and completely. Such capacity is of necessity based 66 The birth of death: some African stories on an enlarged perspective of time. The other 'sins' in the list, such as disobedience, jealousy, envy and rivalry with God, refer to the relationships established, and believed to be desirable, between men and men, men and nature and men and God; they depend on definite beliefs—which may be explicit or implicit—about
to the 'symbolic attitude , which he characterised as having an 'as if quality built into i t . But the notion of symbolic attitude refers to the relationship of an ego to an inner psychic content. Indeed Jung claimed in that essay that whether any particular mental content—be it image or thought—functions like a symbol depends essentially upon 5 5 5 110 Symbols and symbol formation the presence of this 'symbolic attitude ; in other words, upon the quality of the approach brought to this
experiences a disappointing discrepancy between the excitement of the process of defecation and its produce, the faeces. The tragedy inherent in incarnation has only rarely been expressed in any post-mediaeval paintings of the nativity, as has recently been pointed out—both verbally and in an actual painting—by an American artist, Brenda Bettinson. And yet the uniqueness of the story of Christ lies in its very emphasis that the Spirit, the Word, had become flesh and was thus subject to pain and