Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
The Human Soul (Lost?) in Transition, at the Dawn of a New Era — Erel Shalit
This essay examines the liminal phase of society and interiority in which we find ourselves today and poses several questions to the irrepressibly optimistic inventors of a techno-utopian future: Can we really be and feel happy if we need to be informed about it by a cellphone app? Do 93 million selfies a day replace a single moment of true reflection? How can we remain relatively integrated individuals in the transiency of the present?
Meditations on the Birth of Self: Archetypal Revelations in Whitman's 1855 "Song of Myself" — Brandon J. O'Neil
This paper explores how "Song of Myself," the first poem in Walt Whitman's 1855 Leaves of Grass, foreshadows the later psychological theories of C.G. Jung. A close reading of the text supported by articles from prominent figures in the Jungian school of Analytic Psychology, shows Whitman's original poem as anticipating Jung's own theories on Individuation. This paper's conclusions vary from conventional academic interpretations of Whitman's structure within "Song of Myself" and his use of poetic narrative to detail the copulation of sensuous body with poetic soul. Whitman's extensive use of prenatal and childhood imagery is interpreted through the writings of Jung, von Franz, Neumann, and other Jungians, and this interpretation will be examined beside prominent academic
Black Holes & The Negative Mother Complex — Elizabeth Colistra
Black holes are regions in space where the pull of gravity is so intense that nothing, not even light, can escape. In this strange area, space and time collapse to such an extent that the matrix of reality, as we know it, becomes infinitely warped. One of the key features posited is the event horizon, a point of no return, whereby anything orbiting too close to the perimeter is sucked into the hole. Whatever goes in can never come out again and is ultimately destroyed by one means or another. Several young women from my practice each with a negative mother complex, at certain points in the analytic process, compared their psychic state with the feeling of being in a black hole. In this paper, I have tried to extract the common threads of psychological experience from these cases with hopes of shedding some light on an often deadly yet imperceptible mystery. In my experience, the creation of black holes, in outer (and inner) space, is crucial to understanding them both psychologically and symbolically.
Living Multiplicity: A Sideways Perspective — Roger Peasley
"Ego-multiplicity" may be the basis for our ever-changing, adaptive patterns of mentation. This model proposes that Ego-function is mediated by multiple distinct, emotionally-derived subpersonalities. Our more familiar, conservative selves promote adaptive flexibility within a conditioned emotional comfort zone; more intense primitive selves are poised to mediate experience outside that range, experience which subsequently may be dissociated. Creative coordination and integration of one's Ego-multiplicity is seen as an ongoing maturational project.
Beth Darlington, review editor. Reviews by Deborah Stewart, Mark Dean, and Chris Beach.
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