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“The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” — Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of Analytical Psychology. Jung is considered the first modern psychiatrist to view the human psyche as “by nature religious” and make it the focus of exploration. He is one of the best known researchers in the field of dream analysis and symbolization. While he was a fully involved and practicing clinician, much of his life’s work was spent exploring tangential areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as well as literature and the arts.

Jung considered individuation, a psychological process of integrating the opposites including the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining their relative autonomy, necessary for a person to become whole. Individuation is the central concept of analytical psychology. A popular tool for psychological measurement, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), has been principally developed from Jung’s theories.

Some psychological concepts first proposed by Jung include:
     1.   The Archetype: A universally-understood symbol, term, pattern of behavior.
     2.   The Collective Unconscious: A part of the unconscious mind, expressed in humanity and all life forms with nervous systems. Differs from personal unconscious — the personal experiences unique to an individual — in that it is the collection of experiences of an entire species.
     3.   The Complex: A pattern of emotions, memories, perceptions, and wishes in the personal unconscious that stem from a common experience. Believed by Jung and Sigmund Freud to influence an individual’s attitude and behavior on a deeply subconscious level.
     4.   Synchronicity: The experience of two or more events that are seem causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together, which are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner.

“As a human being the artist may have many moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is ‘man’ in a higher sense – he is ‘collective man’ – one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind.” — Carl Jung

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The relationship between ritualistic drumming and consciousness alteration is an age old tradition stemming largely from the overlooked shamanic cultures of antiquity. It should go without saying that viewing the supposed “triumph” of Western materialism thought over the more “primitive” concepts of animism is a retardedly short-sighted way of oversimplifying the universe, but that’s the...Read...