I find this article on Carl Jung’s thoughts and insight into human nature to be highly interesting. It echoes the Judaeo-Christian concept of the soul, the inward battle between good and evil, i.e. humans created in the moral likeness of God versus our fallen and/or carnal nature.
Jung refers to greed, envy, anger, rage, selfishness, power strivings, and sexual lust as being part of our primitive and negative emotions, the dark, unconscious aspects of our personality. A Judaeo-Christian worldview would point to this darkness or “shadow” as the result of Original Sin in the Garden of Eden, our carnal nature resulting from sin and separation from God.
Even to the casual observer, with some knowledge of the theological concepts of our essential human nature, it is easy to see that Carl Jung was also influenced by a Judaeo-Christian worldview, albeit a somewhat twisted and reinterpreted worldview. To the secular mind, Jung’s ideas are palatable, to the theologically trained, they fall far short of the ancient writings (scripture) and the historical account of Jesus Christ, including the meaning of His life, death, and resurrection.
Nevertheless, the author (Eric Perry, PhD) fleshes out some fascinating ideas applicable to the practical realm of our lives. Human beings do, indeed, tend to suppress the aspects of their dark nature and often project those same “shadows” on others.
In the final analysis, the post is a good read 🙂
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By Eric Perry, PhD-c
“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence”
~Simon & Garfunkel
Like Dr. Jekyll and his evil shadow Mr. Hyde, most of us are completely unaware of the constant dark companion that dwells within us. Our shadow side, according to C.G. Jung, the celebrated swiss psychiatrist, is the dark side of our personality. It is an unconscious aspect of the personality of which we are not consciously aware. The shadow side is comprised of primitive and negative emotions. It resides within the deepest recess of our psyche, rarely seeing light. It is comprised of the least desirable aspects of our personality such as greed, envy, anger, rage, selfishness, power strivings, and sexual lust. These…
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