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Jung on Consciousness

Carl Jung

There is no coming to consciousness without pain

Jung on Consciousness

Jung on Consciousness

Jung advocates that our objective in life is to gain more and more conscience, a process that he called individuation.

In our journey of individuation, we have to pass through several stages. One of them is the recognition of the Shadow.

The Shadow is a central concept of Jung. The human being is born complete, not knowing good and evil. When he starts to build his Ego – in the Garden of Eden, when he eats the apple, the fruit of knowledge of good and evil – he becomes potentially able to discriminate between what is good and what is bad. Then, in the process of becoming adult, in the process of formation of his ego, he chose certain characteristics that he judges appropriate to his person and repress the others that he considers inadequate. Since this is an unconscious process, the individual is not aware of the choices he makes. Features refused however are not erased from the psyche, but will take refuge in his unconscious, incorporated to what Jung called the Shadow, one of the fundamental archetypes of the human psyche.

Jung stressed that in the Shadow are stored those characteristics which the ego does not recognize as belonging to the individual, one would think the Shadow to be composed of only bad characteristics, the ugly side of this specific individual. Jung calls our attention that the Shadow encompasses all the elements that the ego considers inappropriate to the image he makes of himself, even those who might be deemed good by a different person. A man who defines himself as very practical, an executive of a company known for his quest for results and the thirst for power, can devalue and suppress good features that are not useful to those who prioritizes the accumulation of material goods, money, power. Compassion, kindness, ability to care for the next are features that can be rejected by his ego, and repressed, sheltered in his Shadow.

Recognizing our Shadow is a painful process, Jung says. I add: more so if we carry a heavy one. If we don’t recognize it, we will have a tendency to project its aspects in others.

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, Ph.D. , a writer of Jungian books – The Jungian Bible and The Little Prince for Grownups – and fiction thrillers – The Amazom Shaman and In Search of Happiness.

Carl Jung

Não há tomada de consciência sem dor.

Jung defende que o nosso objetivo na vida é ganhar cada vez mais consciência, um processo que ele chamou de individuação. Em nossa jornada de individuação, temos que passar por várias fases, sendo uma delas o reconhecimento da Sombra.

A Sombra é um conceito central da psicologia junguiana. O ser humano nasce completo, não sabendo reconhecer o bem do mal. Quando ele começa a construir seu ego – quando, no Jardim do Éden, ele come a maçã, o fruto do conhecimento do bem e do mal – ele se torna potencialmente capaz de discernir entre o que é bom eo que é ruim. Em seguida, no processo de se tornar adulto – o processo de formação de seu ego – ele escolhe certas características que julga necessárias para sua pessoa e reprime outras. Uma vez que este processo é inconsciente, o indivíduo não tem consciência das escolhas que faz. Características recusou, contudo, não são apagados da psique, mas vão se refugiar em seu inconsciente, incorporadas ao que Jung chamou de Sombra, um dos arquétipos fundamentais da psique humana.

Uma vez que na sombra são armazenadas as características que o ego não reconhece como pertencentes ao indivíduo, poderíamos pensar que a Sombra é composta apenas por características ruins. Isso é errado. A Sombra abrange todos os elementos que o ego considera inadequados para a imagem que faz de si mesmo, até mesmo aqueles que poderiam ser considerada bons por uma pessoa diferente. Um homem que se define como muito prático, um executivo de uma empresa conhecido por sua busca por resultados e pela sede de poder, pode desvalorizar e suprimir as boas características que não são úteis para aqueles que priorizam a acumulação de bens materiais, dinheiro, poder. Compaixão, bondade, capacidade de cuidar de outros são características que podem ser rejeitados pelo seu ego, e reprimidas, abrigadas em sua sombra.

Reconhecendo a nossa sombra é um processo doloroso, ainda mais se tivermos uma pesada. Se não reconhecermos nossa Sombra, teremos a tendência a projetar os seus aspectos em outras pessoas.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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