Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
From the Editor — Kathryn Madden
The authors featured in this issue put forth compelling perspectives on how we might engage with otherness and bear the inevitable suffering that this purposive action entails.
A direct dialogue between James Hollis and Robert Henderson challenges us to consider the neurosis of "private religion" and the role that our complexes play in relation to our neuroses. in our current culture, Hollis finds Jungian psychology to offer the most viable access to spirit through a symbolic life. …
Watching the Cardinal: Interview with James Hollis, Ph.D.— Robert S. Henderson
Keywords: Jung, spiritualtiy, private religion, introversion, Philemon Foundation, Answer to Job, God, Jungian Societies
This is an interview with James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst in Houston, Texas, Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and Vice President of the Philemon Foundation.
The Complex and the Object: Common Ground, Different Paths — Erel Shalit and James Hall
Keywords: archetypal image, archetype, autonomous complex, complex, complex-object, Freud, internal object, internalized object, Jung, object, Klein.
While complex and object are part of everyday psychoanalytic discourse, the meaning of the terms varies with different approaches, and the relationship between the concepts is far from apparent. Specifically, in this paper the Jungian complex and the Kleinian internal object are compared. It is the view of these authors that the internal object is primarily related to the archetypal image, and the internalized object to Jung's concept of imago. The complex is the central concept that in a well-defined model of the psyche dynamically unites the phenomena described by these concepts. Furthermore, while in neurotic conflict the struggle between the ego and autonomous complexes takes place on the battlefield of the subjective psyche, in the personality disorders the complex is projected “wholesale” onto the external object, turning the other into a “complex-object.”
Is C. G. Jung's Process of Individuation a Spiritual Discipline? — Beverly Moon
Keywords: individuation process, spiritual discipline, transformation
C. G. Jung declares that the central concept of his psychology is individuation, a psychological process of personal transformation realizing the complete self. In many ways, this process parallels the spiritual disciplines found in religious traditions. Is, then, analytical psychology a religion; and is the process of individuation another example of spiritual discipline? Attention to the meaning of spiritual discipline shows that it always has a religious goal. The process of individuation, however, does not need to be linked to transcendence. Personal wholeness can be understood religiously, but it has value as well for those who are not religious.
Looking for Soul in the Cul-de-Sacs — Roberta Tyler
Keywords: childhood trauma, analytic process, Freud v. Jung, addiction, death of the spirit, spirit in Jungian psychology
This paper traces the history of a psyche traumatized early in life by “not good enough” parenting, yet sufficiently inspired by the organizing life instinct in “the mythopoetic strata of the unconscious” to hunt down its missing aspect (spirit). When unconscious negative inner experiences were sufficiently integrated, a positive constellation of the numinosum was enabled. Jung's discovery of the religious dimension of the psyche and my experience of this in analytical psychology "brought me home" to experience the missing Other and to feel healed. The trauma of the soul — lost, found, explicated, and integrated with spirit — is the opus of this life.
The Philosophical Cow — James Hall
The beloved and philosophical cow
Book Reviews — Beth Darlington, Book Review Editor
Pauli and Jung: The Meeting of Two Great Minds — David Lindorff. Quest Books, 2004. Reviewed by Michael Conforti, Ph.D.
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