Carl Jung, on gazing into the face of absolute evil

 

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With a little self-criticism one can see through the shadow – so far as its nature is personal.

But when it appears as an archetype, one encounters the same difficulties as with anima and animus.

In other words, it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature, but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil.

 

 Collected Works 9ii

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One Response to Carl Jung, on gazing into the face of absolute evil

  1. How might one come, do you think, to “gaze into the face of absolute evil”, and what might this involve?

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