sunday, march 01th 2015 [22:16:33]

Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung on Human Personality in Rare BBC Interview

by Maria Popova

“Man cannot stand a meaningless life.”

Legendary Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875–June 6, 1961), along with his frenemy Freud, is considered the founding father of modern analytical psychology. He coined the concepts of collective consciousness and introverted vs. extroverted personality, providing the foundation for the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Though famously accused of having lost his soul, Jung had a much more heartening view of human nature than Freud and memorably wrote that “the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” On October 22 of 1959, BBC’s Face to Face — an unusual series of pointed, almost interrogative interviews seeking to “unmask public figures” — aired a segment on Jung, included in the 1977 anthology C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters (public library). Eighty-four at the time and still working, he talks to New Statesman editor John Freeman about education, religion, consciousness, human nature, and his temperamental differences with Freud, which sparked his study of personality types. Transcript highlights below.

Echoing Anaïs Nin’s meditation on the fluid self from a decade earlier, Jung confirms that fixed personality is a myth:

"Psychological type is nothing static — it changes in the course of life."

He advocates for psychology as the most potent tool for understanding human nature and thus saving humanity from itself:

"We need more understanding of human nature, because the only danger that exists is man himself — he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man — far too little."

But perhaps most timeless and timely of all is the interview’s concluding question, the answer to which arrives at the same conclusion that Viktor Frankl famously did:

Freeman : As the world becomes more technically efficient, it seems increasingly necessary for people to behave communally and collectively, now do you think it’s possible that the highest development of man may be to submerge his own individuality in a kind of collective consciousness?

Jung: That’s hardly possible. I think there will be a reaction — a reaction will set in against this communal dissociation. You know, man doesn’t stand forever, his nullification. Once, there will be a reaction, and I see it setting in, you know, when I think of my patients, they all seek their own existence and to assure their existence against that complete atomization into nothingness or into meaninglessness. Man cannot stand a meaningless life.

This interview, writes editor R. F. C. Hull in C.G. Jung Speaking, “undoubtedly brought Jung to more people than any other piece of journalism and any of Jung’s own writings.” Complement it with Jung’s fantastic catalog of the unconscious, The Book of Symbols, and his timelessly captivating Memories, Dreams, Reflection.

 

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sunday, march 01th 2015 [22:14:43]

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bon anniversaire Geneviève !

thursday, february 26th 2015 [15:45:23]

genevieve

 ... à 17 ans j'ai rencontré mon ami, mon frère, D. mon amour toujours .. et j'ai rencontré sa mère qui à été, depuis et toujours, comme une mère pour moi, une des personnes les plus profondément belles que j'ai eu la chance d'avoir dans ma vie. Elle a 90 ans aujourd'hui, je viens de passer un très joli moment avec elle : bon anniversaire Geneviève .. merci <3

 

photo Harcourt circa 1938 : Geneviève m'a raconté qu'une de leurs tantes avait eu des "bons" pour se faire tirer le portrait chez Harcourt, et avait donc emmené deux de ses nièces ... j'ai  toujours adoré cette photo

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saura, nati & joanna

tuesday, february 24th 2015 [17:26:45]

saura-nati-joanna

 

montevideo - agosto 2013

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objets inanimés ...

tuesday, february 24th 2015 [14:52:09]

 

Je vais (encore) déménager ... petit pied à terre (tout petit) Question : alors... et ce piano ? Parce que c'est pas comme si je savais vraiment en jouer... je fais des trucs avec  ...

En plus, pour diverses raisons, je n'y ai pas touché du tout depuis .. pfff... un bail !

Donc ... allez ! je pousse mon portant à dessins qui est pile devant, je débarrasse tous les classeurs de cours qui s'entassent dessus, j'enlève mon manteau, je m'assois devant ...

clin clin clong... ça résonne dans mes oreilles ouch ... j'appuie sur la pédale de gauche : aaah ! c'est mieux... quelques notes de la main gauche, ça tourne... un deux trois un deux trois.. variante .. un deux trois.. retour.. lalala.. lalala... lalala ... lalala... une espèce de valse milonga ...

 

et bien, je vire tout le reste mais le piano vient 

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it's our party ...

monday, february 16th 2015 [19:33:28]

 

lesley gore 1946 - 2015

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la grande désunion

monday, february 16th 2015 [16:23:14]

valls

 

 

Valls prône l'unité pour combattre « l'islamo-fascisme » mais l'unité ce serait de lutter ‪#‎ensemble‬ contre tous les fascismes, à fortiori quand il est trompeusement perpétré au nom de l'islam, au nom du peuple juif ou au nom d'idées soit disant laïques. ‪#‎valls‬ ‪#‎lagrandedesunion‬ ‪#‎islamofascisme‬
 
 
dans Le Monde et partout 

 

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consider yourself valentinized

saturday, february 14th 2015 [19:11:14]

heart

 

considerate valentinizado  ( just sending some love )

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pAris

thursday, february 12th 2015 [13:29:26]

PArisFevrier

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