Psych 80A: Psych and Religion week 3 notes on lecture 6 and 7--Ralph Quinn
Psych 80A: Psych and Religion week 3 notes on lecture 6 and 7--Ralph Quinn Psych 80A
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Lecture 6 Psych and Religion *Psych and Religion outlines are not included in these notes due to copyright. These are my personal notes from lecture—if you need the outline they are provided on ecommons. Lecture 6 10/11/16 Carl Jung Jung, the key pioneer of the unconscious, was once a close friend with Freud and their friendship ended over their different views on science Jung believed that life is a story of the selfrealization of the unconscious o “Everything in the unconscious seeks outwards manifestation and I cannot employ the language of science–who we are by inward vision can only be expressed by way of myth Myth is individual and science cannot do justice to the individual and that expresses life more than science Psycheology: the study of the spirt and the soul Jung is a soul psychologist before he is a scientific psychologist There are two distinct ways of speaking truth and knowledge: Logos logical, rational, common sense, helps us function well in life—needs to be seen and measured o Practitioners believe this is the only knowledge and truth—science Mythos—not objective, felt in the blood, things you just know, things you can just feel—the truths of meaning—goes back to origins of life, springs from the unconscious, in the depth of the human mind Example: The Moon: Logos: what is true about the moon—2160 miles in diameter, surface has 80,000 craters, the ocean tide is related to the moon rising, lunar eclipses, lunar temperatures…etc.… Mythos: even though logos is true there is more to the moon than that o To try to livin in a world dominated by only one view of reality, consisting only of logos, is like embracing your lover as a skeleton o Logos is bloodless, only bone There is more truth in the universe that is more subjective, private, personal to the individual and that may be more meaningful than logos o Una luna de miel (a moon of honey) o The moon has always exerted a dark mysterious feminine influence on our lives—the white goddess; involving sacred rituals, inspiration, influence, legend; if has created a truth in human ways throughout history Lecture 6 Psych and Religion o This knowledge and truth has to do with the sacred, it expresses the spirit of the person We are incredibly complex and multilayered—our ordinary waking consciousness is only one form of consciousness—an island in a vast sea of unconsciousness The horizontal and the vertical dimension of existence Horizontal: develops in us because we always have day to day practicalities of life Vertical: realm of depth and meaning in our lives—normal horizontal time ceases to exist o Time stops Magic, the spiritual o Can also be the realm of darkness Insanity Shadow experiences Mystical Union -Height of spiritual experience joined with the divine NDE (near death experiences Spiritual Experiences Peak Experiences Creative flow Logos Zoom Zoom Zoom Birth, learning, mating Career, taxes, illness, death Zoom Zoom Zoom Dreams Nightmares Shadow Experiences Psychosis Mythos Lecture 6 Psych and Religion Jung doesn’t want to limit human experience to logos Much is unconscious Explore it o Strange encounter with psychotic patient at mental institution: “If you half shut your eyes you can see the suns fallace and if you move your head around fallace moves too Real connection to the wind o This uttering is actually an ancient mythic Greek cult as an explanation of the origin of wind Jung found this out through research, in a specific book, there was no way that the patient had contact with this book Jung’s theory: psychotic patients speak from unconscious speaking from collective form of knowledge—collective unconscious o Noticed and believed that the psychotic/schizophrenic people/patients udder things that we all have inside of us The Sources of Theory non ordinary states of conscious gained usually on vertical plane of existence Dreams o Royal road to the unconscious, dreams con directly from unconscious Dreams are our friends, we shouldn’t be afraid of them, they compensate for our waking life and bring use balance Keep a dream journal, if you study it for a lifetime it should form a perfectly shaped mandala Own and patients’ creative output o Creative flow Let it come from the unconscious root of creativity o If we can drop into the darkness that is the way to transformation, the way through Take seriously the utterances of his psychotic patients o Deep research into old texts and compare to see overlap Jung’s visions o Future, past, other dimensions Some argue that Jung was experiencing his own version of psychosis and that is why he had visions, Jung viewed that as falling on the lower end of the vertical and he had to be careful to be able to pull himself out Lecture 6 Psych and Religion We are highly complex The whole development life process is a spiritual journey that Jung calls individuation —involves in counter with and intergration of recognizable developmental markers which he called the personality archetypes All human beings go through this archetype—deep pattern, template, form, dry riverbed which we fill up with our own content—apart of our unconscious o Ego and persona have to merge early on in life Help us step into the world, essential in navigating the horizontal plane If you look into the eyes of a baby—depth, clarity, absence of fear—looking into the soul of the individual—there is something ancient there. No one can stay in that state forever, absolutely perfect but utterly unconscious; we must individuate—the ability to control and influence their world This grows correspondingly with the baby’s sense of own “I”ness, sense of ego Ego is the early horizontal part of personality, the sense of consistency and autonomy, choose our direction –center of our consciousness, essential functions of memory, plan, focus, attend, growing functions of rationality, thought, logos, speech, growth (physical functions) o In this development we lose or separate from our unconscious Ego is threatened by the unconscious Persona is the archetype of consciousness on the horizontal plane. It is how we move along the horizontal line of life—our social selves—our social clothes, what we wear to protect ourselves from being too vulnerable; our values—how you see yourself o Hats that you put on to navigate through life, you don’t want to be stuck in a persona or overidentify. o Should be a social mask that can be put on and removed Having no persona is just as bad as not being able to remove yourself from a persona o This is the conformity archetype that can be dangerous and deadly if we identify with it too much or too little Growing away from the unconscious A split occurs if we are not in balance—the parts of ourselves we don’t want around/who we don’t want to be, we shove behind us and it becomes a part of our shadow o Psychic energy invested in not becoming those things Lecture 6 Psych and Religion The more over identified a person is with their own persona the more chance there is of being overtaken by their shadow o The shadow contains childhood wounds and traumas, our addiction, humiliation and shame, guilty and rage, inferiorities and strivings for power, selfhatred and debilitating insecurities All of our bad stuff o Periods of exploring the shadow or encountering it is healthy but identifying with it is dangerous and can lead to selfharm or wanting to harm others Embracing our shadow and confronting it is what makes us more human There is immense energy in our shadow It is our bat cave (first lecture) o Every human being must cast a shadow to become more whole, we need one because there is potential in it, it is full of potential that can lead to creativity. The scariest people are the ones try not to have a shadow so they project their shadow on to others and want to wipe those people out o We have to go through the shadow in order to reach our final transformation, the path to psychic balance When we are both light and dark, when we can dance with the shadow It is the way home, our journey to the east Lecture 7 Psych and Religion *Psych and Religion outlines are not included in these notes due to copyright. These are my personal notes from lecture—if you need the outline they are provided on ecommons. Lecture 7 10/13/16 The Keirsey Temperament Scale Temperament is who you are, what you’ll be good at, predictor of relationship success or potential conflict The Keirsey Temperament Scale goes along with Jung’s theory of types o IIntrovert—energy from going inside self, in solitude, territorial, really in touch with the inner world o EExtrovert—social animal, energy is gained from other people (need to make room for introverts in their lives—quiet knowledge) Both have different strengths and can learn from eachother We all have to take the world in—perceiving functions o SSenses—good to follow in emergency, they are realists, take hard objective looks on life, like details, facts They like what is possible/logical in the immediate present, they tend to like sticking to recipes—read word for word, they are terrestrials with their feet on the ground o NIntuition—not great to follow in emergencies (N’s need S’s), they tend to read between the lines, extraterrestrial, float around, can’t stick to a recipe, they “have a vision,” look to the future Knowing things without being about to explain how we know it, tend to take in the world in by unconscious Mysterious o They complement eachother but can also lead to conflict in relationships if the two people don’t recognize the differences as strengths Judgements—decision making o TThinking—objective, rational, impersonal basis for making choices, they are in the pursuit of truth, like rules, not interested in feelings—not in touch, logical conclusions Spock o FFeeling—highest values are relationships, (need T’s with them in order to make important life decisions, buying houses or cars)—will do things on the basis of it feeling right, make decisions based on feelings Crybabies, Spongebob o In relationships can lead to potential problems but there is a strong initial attraction Obligations Lecture 7 Psych and Religion o PPerceiving—procrastinators, really good at playing, like to have fun, they don’t like structure or deadlines, they like to keep their options open o JJudging—don’t like to have their options open, they are planners, they like schedules, work well in structure, they get things done o In relationships this can lead to problems due to J’s being impatient or anxious when dealing with P’s Journey to the East Herman Hesse the author of Journey to the East was in therapy with Carl Jung Looking at this book through a Jungian lens would make the most sense o Individuation, coming to selfhood o Allegory and metaphor about Herman Hesse’s own life (the main characters name is HH) About someone lost in the shadow, a journey, remembrance, recalling and yearning for another magical time that is now lost, and then recovering that magic o Leo, the servant, (if the story is an allegory) is some part of Hesse’s personality He can communicate to animals, he has magic Healthy development of a person is towards a balanced, unified, selfaware, and creative life Individuation o Coming to selfhood, selfrealization o Final personality archetype: the self Completing the circle, coming back to the deepest, oldest, ultimate archetype Psychological order and individuation o Consciousness and unconsciousness are no longer in opposition to one another—they complement each other and create integration—the self Ego moves us away from self/unconscious onto the horizontal into logos leads us to persona our social functions—threatened by the vertical, further from unconscious—parts of the persona we don’t like we shove into the shadow o For individuation you must confront shadow Accept who you are and who you aren’t and find out and develop balance Hope to come back to self again (first and final) and it contains religious function The unconscious knows there is more Lecture 7 Psych and Religion The Self birth end of journey Persona social function Ego narcissistic needs function on horizontal Interview with Carl Jung: I: Do you believe in God? Jung: I do not believe, I know It’s more than a system of beliefs The wholly other You can have your own powerful religious experience—not a question of faith or belief anymore, you knowthe final version of self o Could take a lifetime or an instance To know that there is more than just religious function—intuition Working, perceiving on the horizontal plane—adapt intuition to use it, a more primitive source of our hunches, premonition, inspiration, where magical creative work comes from—the third eye/the intuitive eye (can perceive more than our normal eyes) allow us to see when thrown into the vertical o Best suited for seeing far and deep, ancient, mystic In touch with the deep self and open that deep intuitive eye—not being so swept up or away from the past, we’ve lost touch with our deep unconscious roots—cut off from old rituals, old ways of being Bollingen: a tower that Jung built His home away from home where he lived simply in solitude, and silence; modest harmony in nature where creativity and play are close together Silence and solitude are the twin sisters of the soul o How you find and get in touch with your deep self Slowing down and let the silence and solitude in
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