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Jung on Psychological Projection – Basic Concepts of Jungian Psychology

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Jung on Psychological Projection

Psychological projection was defined by Jung as an unconscious transfer of subjective psychic elements onto an outer subject – person or object. An example can clarify this definition.

Suppose someone perceived – right or wrong – his father as tyrannical. As an adult he may have the tendency not only to act in a tyrannical way but also to project in people with some authority this feature. He will be convinced – again right or wrong – that the subject of his projection is a tyrant. This is a psychological projection

More on Jung concepts: Jung on PsycheJung on ArchetypesJung on Individuation,Jung on DreamsJung on Active ImaginationJung on NeurosisJung on Psychological InflationJung on Psychological Types

I am Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books – The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups– and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness

Jung sobre Projeção Psychológica

Jung caracterizou a projeção psicológica como uma transferência inconsciente de elementos psíquicos subjetivos para um objeto ou pessoa exterior.

Um exemplo pode esclarecer esta definição. Suponha que alguém houvesse percebido – certo ou errado – seu pai como tirânico. Quando adulto, ele pode ter a tendência não só de agir de forma tirânica, mas também de projetar em pessoas com alguma autoridade a tirania, considerando essa pessoa um tirano. Ele estará convencido – de maneira certa ou errada – que a pessoa em que coloca sua projeção é um tirano.

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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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