Archetypes II


   By archetype, Jung, who introduced this term into psychology, understands a “preconscious psychic disposition that enables a (man) to react in a human manner.”  Jung compares these dispositions or dominant structures in the psyche to the invisible potential existence of the crystalline structure in a saturated solution.  They first take on a specific form when they emerge into consciousness in the shape of images; it is therefore necessary to differentiate between the unapprehendable archetype, the unconscious, pre-existent disposition, and the archetypal images.  As inborn possibilities of forms of behaviour and comprehension, the archetypes are connected with the instincts, with which they have a reciprocal relation.  They are human nature in the universal sense, in that they lead to the production of similar and ever-recurring archetypal images.  TGL – intro 36

The archetype of the wise old man, also called the “Mana-personality,” tends to be projected upon human beings who set themselves up as leaders, secular or spiritual.  This may have disastrous results, as when religious sects or political movements are led by charlatans or madmen.  Alternatively, the subject may identify himself with the archetype, believing that he himself has superior wisdom.  Analysts and priests, as well as politicians sometimes succumb to this danger, referred to by Jung as “inflation.”.  TEJ 122

The secret of existence, i.e., the existence of the atom and its components, may well consist in a continually repeated process of rejuvenation, and one comes to similar conclusions in trying to account for the numinosity of the archetypes. Aion 261!!!!!!

Sooner or later nuclear physics and the psychology of the unconscious will draw closer together as both of them, independently of one another and from opposite directions, push forward into transcendental territory, the one with the concept of the atom, the other with that of the archetype. Aion 261

Cont’d (next paragraph) The analogy with physics is not a digression since the symbolical schema itself represents the descent into matter and requires the identity of the outside with the inside. Psyche cannot be totally different from matter, for how otherwise could it move matter? And matter cannot be alien to psyche, for how else could matter produce psyche? Psyche and matter exist in one and the same world, and each partakes of the other, otherwise any reciprocal action would be impossible. Aion 261