The blog reviewed here is ‘Jung Currents‘. At the time of writing, the blog is coloufully presented with an artistic title pane with a subtitle of ‘What’s up with Carl Jung’. The blog is written by Sparky, a psychologist who experienced a heart attack in 2005, which was a life changing experience. At the time of writing he has 27 other blogs which cover various topics and show the breadth of knowledge and interests of the author as well a focus on providing others with useful information (e.g. health). On the right hand panel there are two icons. The first is a link to people’s dreams and their interpretations on a separate page. The second links is very interesting and directs the reader to a separate site containing 40 images. The 40 images were created by Sparky following a heart attack and are linked to powerful quotations from different sources. The blog starts with this post, quoting from an article, in which psychoanalyst Dr Schenk reinterprets the act of dressing up for Halloween in Jungian terms with reference to archetypes. I found this article quite useful as it provided clear examples of how Jung’s concept of the archetype can be seen in popular settings. This helps the reader to understand the concept much more clearly and to appraise this critically. For example the simple act of a musician dressing up as a character from ‘undercover agent’ is interpreted in terms of the hero archetype and this is particularly appropriate when the musician describes how the effects that this action has on his thoughts and feelings. The implication seems to be that if the imagination incorporates elements of the archetypes that it resonates with the person’s psyche. The sceptic might argue that the act of choosing the hero costume has nothing to do with the archetype but that the costume has been chosen for idiosyncratic reasons or that one of the costumes was bound to be interpreted in terms of archetypes (i.e. selection bias) or that the concept of the archetype overlaps with although being distinct from popular cultural icons (which might arise for different reasons). Perhaps a biologically validated explanation for the archetype would be particularly convincing (whether that results from nature or nurture). In this post, Sparky introduces the reader to Peter Birkhauser, an artist who spent many decades interpreting his dreams, undergoing analysis and creating paintings based from his dream material. In this post, there is an interpretation of a 4600 year-old dream of Gilgamesh, a figure from the Babylonian literature. There is apparently some controversy over whether Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure and this in addition to the drawbacks of interpretations based on historical records should be borne in mind (see here for information on the above (at the time of writing)). There is also a link to this site which contains references to Jung’s quotations. Here is an example.
‘All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes. This is particularly true of religious ideas, but the central concepts of science, philosophy, and ethics are no exception to this rule. In their present form they are variants of archetypal ideas, created by consciously applying and adapting these ideas to reality. For it is the function of consciousness not only to recognise and assimilate the external world through the gateway of the senses, but to translate into visible reality the world within us‘
In this article, I was amused to find out that Jung has several profiles on MySpace. Apparently Freud has more profiles at the time of writing!
Although having relatively few articles at the time of writing, I found this blog (together with the linked references) to be very ‘deep’ and having many aspects – the personal narrative of a life-changing experience, the expression of Jung’s concepts and people’s experiences in art and the expression of Jung in the collective ‘internet’ conscious (or unconscious?)*.
* Indeed through this medium is it possible that Jung could himself become an archetype?).
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