Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
Individuation and the Culture of Democracy — Robert Mitchell
Jung's term "individuation" describes a psychological transformation as old as humanity. Differentiation without separation also endows the individuated with a cultural responsibility: to maintain the balance between the world of nature and the realm of the spirits. Initially, this psychological transformation was exclusive to the shamanic personality. With the evolution of consciousness, in some cultures individuation became accessible to the entire population. The mystery cult initiation of the ancient Greeks and the vision quest initiation of the American Indians exemplified a transformation that sanctified the individual personality and made individuation the psycho-spiritual foundation for a culture of democracy.
Inner and Outer Travels: Analytical Psychology and the Treatment of Refugees — Monica Luci
Due to massive migratory flows of the last decades, the clinical psychotherapeutic practice is more and more measuring itself against its potential to be used, with some adaptation, with people coming from other cultures. This article explores the capability of analytical psychology to appreciate the refugees' experience: to what extent is this use of a Western theory of mind legitimate to explore and understand people who come from other cultural contexts? Is it significant to them? Some archetypal themes crucial to refugees are explored: the existential condition of exile, the mythical theme of the hero as describing the process of individuation, the interplay of individual and collective identity in the lived sense of exclusion and nostalgia, the narrative of one's experience as a symbolic return to one's own home. These dimensions of refugee-dom are understood as part of the process of individuation, an inner and outer travel, which passes through the perilous vicissitudes of life and Self in its relationship with Ego and complexes. This is exemplified with a vignette that shows a desirable development of the refugee's experience.
Schleiermacher, Jung and the Rebirth of the God Image in Our Time — Donald R. Ferrell
Friederich Schleiermacher's influential book, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, written at the turn of the 18th to the 19th centuries, offered his readers a new understanding of religion, not as a blind acceptance of a set of beliefs or rituals, but as a human experience of God. This paper argues that Schleiermacher's reimagining of the nature of religion influenced, and was further developed in, the thought of C.G. Jung.
Art as Individuation, Individuation as Art in The Unconscious Roots of Creativity — Clifford Mayes
This essay reflects, expands upon, and weaves together themes presented throughout The Unconscious Roots of Creativity, a new book of articles published by Chiron Publications and edited by Kathryn Madden.
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