Category Archives: CW

C.G. Jung: “Everyone knows nowadays that people ‘have complexes.’ What is not so well known… is that complexes can have us.”

C.G. Jung, On the Nature of Complexes   So far, I have purposely avoided discussing the nature of complexes, on the tacit assumption that their nature is generally known. The word “complex” in its psychological sense has passed into common speech both in German and in English. Everyone knows nowadays that people”have complexes.” What is… Click to continue

Carl Jung: “Complexes behave like independent beings”

    Let us turn first to the question of the psyche’s tendency to split. Although this peculiarity is most clearly observable in psychopathology, fundamentally it is a normal phenomenon, which can be recognized with the greatest ease in the projections made by the primitive psyche. The tendency to split means that parts of the… Click to continue

Carl Jung: “The ‘advantage’ of projection consists in the fact that one has apparently got rid of the painful conflict once and for all…”

Carl Jung:  The “advantage” of projection is that “Somebody else or external circumstances now have the responsibility.” The “advantage” of projection consists in the fact that one has apparently got rid of the painful conflict once and for all. Somebody else or external circumstances now have the responsibility. In the present case, the reactivated father-imago… Click to continue