Anomalous Phenomena

Libido Theory: The Bedrock of C.G. Jung’s Psychological System

      The purpose of this blog article is to examine the concept of libido through the lens of C. G. Jung’s psychology and in contradistinction to Sigmund’s Freud’s (Fig. 1) conception and formulation of libido. The term libido is often misunderstood because [...]

By |2021-02-01T06:06:29-08:00February 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on Libido Theory: The Bedrock of C.G. Jung’s Psychological System

Individuation: Navigating the Road Home (Part 2)

     In part one of this blog, we discussed the origins of the term individuation and its development as a central idea in the psychology of C.G. Jung. Having explored where Jung acquired the idea, we can arrive at a [...]

By |2021-01-01T17:00:54-08:00January 1st, 2021|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Spirituality, The unknown|Comments Off on Individuation: Navigating the Road Home (Part 2)

Individuation: Navigating the Road Home (Part 1)

      In previous blogs, we have discussed some of the most notable ideas proposed by the psychologist C.G. Jung, which include typology, complexes, the psyche, archetypes, the soul-image, the unconscious, the ego, the shadow, the persona, the symbol, and the self. Given [...]

What the Culture Wars can learn from the Army: A Jungian Perspective

     The year 2020 began in typical fashion before a pandemic abruptly broke out followed by sporadic periods of civil unrest. In my state of California, the bad turned to worst with a surge of wildfires that wreaked havoc on [...]

By |2020-10-09T15:03:17-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Current Events, Jungian Psychology, Military, Personal Development, Politics, Practical Ideas, The unknown|Comments Off on What the Culture Wars can learn from the Army: A Jungian Perspective

The Self: The Archetype of Wholeness

Figure 1. Carl Jung          As discussed in a previous blog, the ego consists of the personal center of the psyche, however, C. G. Jung (Figure 1) conjectured the existence of another psychic center, a transpersonal [...]

By |2020-08-13T18:57:02-07:00August 13th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy, Practical Ideas, Science, Spirituality, The unknown|Comments Off on The Self: The Archetype of Wholeness

The Shadow: Mining for Black Gold

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Figure 1: The Shadow (Walter Gibson)      In the early 1930s, the Shadow appeared in a detective magazine of the same name. The pulp [...]

By |2020-09-13T21:09:44-07:00July 25th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, Spirituality, The unknown|Comments Off on The Shadow: Mining for Black Gold

Ego: The Nexus of Personal Identity

     People often use the term ego. The word is often associated with selfishness or overconfidence. An egotistic person, for instance, is considered brash, pompous, and overly boastful. We have all heard the cliché: “Your ego is writing is writing checks that [...]

Persona: The Masks We Wear

       Another key idea in Jung’s psychology is the persona. In Latin, the term refers to the mask of an actor. Jung viewed this word as a descriptor apropos of his concept. Social conventions and cultural demands require that we [...]

By |2020-06-14T10:18:36-07:00June 14th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Military, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on Persona: The Masks We Wear

The Complex: Jung’s Royal Road to the Unconscious

      As mentioned in previous blogs, there are a few “big” ideas in Jung’s psychology and without exception the complex is one of them. So two questions arise: 1) What is a complex? and 2) Why did Jung assign [...]

By |2020-04-25T17:06:02-07:00April 25th, 2020|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Practical Ideas, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on The Complex: Jung’s Royal Road to the Unconscious

Understanding the Ego

In a world with a 24-hour news cycle, the human mind is constantly inundated with “bad news” on top of “bad news.” As I begin to navigate my forties, it seems that more and more people that I befriended or befriended [...]

By |2019-11-23T22:10:31-08:00November 23rd, 2019|Jungian Psychology, Personal Development, Science, The unknown|Comments Off on Understanding the Ego