Archive for the ‘psychology’ Category

Multiple Personality Disorder – A Consequence of Postmodernism?

October 11, 2009

The assumption of one single subject (self) is perhaps unnecessary; perhaps it is just as permissible to assume a multiplicity of subjects, whose interaction and struggle is the basis of our thought and our consciousness in general? …My hypotheses: The subject as multiplicity.

Nietzsche

With no predetermined nature given by God, man is ‘free’, chameleon-like, to change his personality at whim. But with the loss of a centre for the self, is it no wonder that some are disorientated and end up psychologically damaged?

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Religious doctrines are… illusions, fulfillments of the oldest, strongest and most insistent wishes of mankind

October 7, 2009

Religious doctrines are… illusions, fulfillments of the oldest, strongest and most insistent wishes of mankind. The secret of their strength is the strength of these wishes.

Sigmund Freud, Future of an Illusion, 1961, p.30

But if doctrines can be reduced to the strong wishes that lie behind them, can Freudianism be exempted from this critique. Does Freud have a strong wish that religious doctrines not be true? Is it not indeed plausible that there is a strong desire in man to run from the Holy One? Adam’s first act after the Fall was to hide…

I have no answer

September 10, 2009

When I ask myself why I have always behaved honourably, ready to spare others and to be kind whenever possible, and why I did not give up doing so when I observed that in that way one harms oneself and becomes an anvil because other people are brutal and untrustworthy, then, it is true, I have no answer.

Sigmund Freud, writing to James Putnam, neurologist

To say, ‘I have no answer’ to the question, ‘Why should I be good?’ is hardly a small matter. It leaves the sort of vacuum that coercion or anarchy (or both) will fill – as we see.

The decline of religious belief?

September 8, 2009

The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.

Freud, Sigmund, The Future of an Illusion.

Plainly wrong – unless one is a myopic, condescending, Western intellectual

Rumours of the death of God have been greatly exagerrated.

man himself is mankind’s greatest danger

September 7, 2009

It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger because he has no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating in their effect than the greatest natural catastrophes.

Carl Gutav Jung

The Irrational Within

September 7, 2009

I, for instance, would not be in the least surprised if all of a sudden, a propos of nothing, in the midst of general prosperity a gentleman with an ignoble, or rather with a reactionary and ironical, countenance were to arise and, putting his arms akimbo, say to us all: ‘I say, gentleman, hadn’t we better kick over the whole show and scatter rationalism to the winds, simply to send these logarithms to the devil, and to enable us to live once more at our own sweet foolish will!’ That again would not matter, but what is annoying is that he would be sure to find followers – such is the nature of man. And all that for the most foolish reason, which, one would think, was hardly worth mentioning: that is, that man everywhere and at all times, whoever he may be, has preferred to act as he chose and not in the least as his reason and advantage dictated.

Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, Part 1, Chapter VII

This would seem almost to be a prophesy of Hitler and/or Stalin

Man’s Need for fellowship with God

September 2, 2009

Among all my patients in the second half of life … there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.

C.G. Jung

men are bundles of passions and instincts

September 1, 2009

If men were rational…intelligence would be enough to make the world almost a paradise. but men are bundles of passions and instincts. it is of the greatest importance to inquire whether any method of strengthening kindly impulses exists….Men’s collective passions are mainly evil; far the strongest of them are hatred and rivalry directed towards other groups.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, vol.2, p.29

Man: the unreason within

September 1, 2009

…modern psychology has dived much deeper into the ocean of insanity upon which the little barque of human reason insecurely floats. The intellectual optimism of a bygone age is no longer possible to the modern student of human nature. Yet it lingers in Marxism, making Marxians rigid and procrustean in their treatment of the instinct.

Bertrand Russell, Ray Monk, vol.1., p.587

Myth of Objectivity – Jung on Freud

August 30, 2009

There was no mistaking the fact that Freud was emotionally involved in his sexual theory to an extraordinary degree. When he spoke of it, his tone became urgent, almost anxious, and all signs of his normally critical and skeptical manner vanished. A strange, deeply moved expression came over his face, the cause of which I was at a loss to understand. I had a strong intuition that for him sexuality was a sort of numinosum. This was confirmed by a conversation, which took place some three years later (in 1910), again in Vienna. I can still recall vividly how Freud said to me, ‘My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma of it, an unshakable bulwark.’ He said that to me with great emotion, in the tone of a father saying, ‘And promise me this one thing, my dear son, that you will go to church every Sunday.’ It is strange that Freud, who was basing his theories on and interpreting the dreams of others, including those of Jung, was curiously enough anxious to conceal his own and his private life. The motive for such concealment could hardly be academic or scientific. Jung writes, “Freud had a dream-I would not think it right to air the problem it involved. I interpreted it as best I could but added that a great deal more could be said about it if he would supply me with some additional details from his private life. Freud’s response to these words was a curious look – a look of the utmost suspicion. Then he said, ‘But I cannot risk my authority.’ At that moment he lost it altogether. That sentence burned itself into my memory; and in it the end of our relationship was already foreshadowed. Freud was placing personal authority above truth.

One thing was clear Freud, who had always made much of his irreligiosity, had now construc- ted a dogma; or rather, in the place of a jealous God, whom he had lost, he had substituted another compelling image, that of sexuality.

Jung, C.G., Memories, Dreams and Reflections, p. 150, 158