Cultural Attitudes in Psychological Perspective by Joseph L. Henderson

By Joseph L. Henderson

A considerate paintings through a senior analyst, co-author (with Jung) of guy and His Symbols. levels in the course of the global of artwork, mythology, literature and the historical past of principles.

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One patient dreamed that she could see only the natural world through a glass window which was pointed like the prow of a ship. Outside she could see the water of the bay and the islands beyond, but this ship's prow was going nowhere. In all these cases I noticed a real stasis of feeling-feeling for life. Instead there was a sense of isolation which comes from looking at life, rather than from experiencing its vital force. They were highly self-conscious and able to objectify their lives and relationships to a remarkable degree, but there was a sense that nothing new was happening to them.

Next page > < previous page page_51 next page > Page 51 In the practice of Jungian analysis, many analysands are people with a highly developed aesthetic sense which has distinguished them, but which may also have helped to isolate them, an example of what Marion Woodman has so well described in Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride. They come to analysis seeking, among other things, to be released from this isolation, although they frequently think they are coming to obtain a psychological sanction for maintaining their aesthetic attitude.

A young instructor of English at a university came to me for treatment and had to overcome his initial doubt that he could trust me, because he felt he knew more about literature than I did. A poet told me she could not go even to Jung for analysis, much as she would like to, because Jung would not understand the subtleties of the English language. One patient dreamed that she could see only the natural world through a glass window which was pointed like the prow of a ship. Outside she could see the water of the bay and the islands beyond, but this ship's prow was going nowhere.

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