Psychosis

"The psychotic, on the other hand, is under the direct influence of the unconscious."

"If the unconscious content piles up trememdously, you can have what is called a psychosis: the individual loses contact with the outside world."

That is why a psychosis can as a rule, be cured only if the patient can begin some creative activity, some creative shaping of the contents that are disturbing to him.

“Like neurosis, a psychotic condition is due to the activity of unconscious complexes and the phenomenon of splitting.  In neurosis, the complexes are only relatively autonomous.  In psychosis, they are completely disconnected from consciousness.”  Jung Lexicon – psychosis page 108/9. 

“To have complexes is in itself normal; but if the complexes are incompatible, that part of the personality which is too contrary to the conscious part becomes split off.  If the split reaches the organic structure, the dissociation is a psychosis, a schizophrenic condition, as the term denotes.  Each complex then lives an existence of its own, with no personality left to tie them together.”(“The Tavistock Lectures,” CW 18, par. 382 [Jung Lexicon page 109])

 It is of course ironical that I, a psychiatrist, should at almost every step of my experiment have run into the same psychic material which is the stuff of psychosis and is found in the insane.  MDR 188

“Psychosis really is about a tendency to attribute too much meaning in mundane events.  That in circumstances of stress the things that are normally mundane and neutral all of a sudden can take on a special significance.  So, they have a tendency to make up meaning where there isn’t any.”[7]

Psychogenesis – “Genesis through an internal force, as opposed to natural selection.

Mass Psychoses

When in such mass psychoses (i.e. Nazism, Communism) chaos erupts from the unconscious, it is seeking “new symbolic ideas which will embrace and express not only symbolic ideas which will embrace and express not only the previous order but also the essential contents of the disorder” – a creative achievement, therefore, has become a necessity.  So we see that demonism and creativity are psychologically very close to each other.  Nothing in the human psyche is more destructive than unrealized, unconscious creative impulses.  That is why a psychosis can as a rule, be cured only if the patient can begin some creative activity, some creative shaping of the contents that are disturbing to him.  And when it is a question of a mass psychosis, nothing but new, creative, “redemptive” archetypal conceptions, brought up from the depths, can stop the development toward catastrophe.  P&R 106