By C. G. Jung
Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is without doubt one of the significant works of Jung's later years. The primary topic of the amount is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality during the notion of the Self, whose conventional ancient an identical is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis by way of an research of the Allegoria Christi, specially the fish image, but additionally of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, supply a useful summation of those key options in Jung's procedure of psychology.
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Extra resources for Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 09 Part 2 Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Bollingen Series XX)
To the recognition of their proit seems a very natural state of affairs for men jections. Indeed, to have irrational moods and women irrational opinions. Pre- sumably grounded on instinct and must remain as it is to ensure that the Empedoclean game of the hate and love of the elements shall continue for all eternity. Nature is conservative and does not easily allow her courses to be altered; she defends in the most stubborn way the inviolability of the preserves where anima and animus roam. Hence it is much more difficult to become conscious of one's anima/animus projections than to acknowledge one's shadow side.
Recapitulating, I should like to emphasize that the integration of the shadow, or the realization of the personal unconscious, marks the first stage in the analytic process, and that withthat 42 out it a recognition of anima and animus is impossible. The shadow can be realized only through a relation to a partner, and anima and animus only through a relation to the opposite sex, because only in such a relation do their projections become operative. The recognition of anima or animus gives rise, in a man, to a triad, one third of which is transcendent: the masculine subject, the opposing feminine subject, and the transcendent anima.
Anyone who identifies with the daylight half of his psychic life will therefore declare the dreams of the night to be null and void, notwithstanding that the night is as long as the day and that all consciousness is manifestly founded on unconsciousness, is rooted in it and every night is extinguished in it. What is more, psychopathology knows with tolerable certainty what the unconscious can do to the conscious, and for this reason devotes to the unconscious an attention that often seems incomprehensible to the layman.