“…without a subject, nothing at all would exist to confront objects, and to imagine them as such. True, this implies that every object, everything ‘objective’—in being merely objectivized by the subject—is the most subjective thing possible.”
— Medard Boss, in The Analysis of Dreams (1958), quoted in this intriguing overview of phenomenology
The Boss quotation could explain a lot of things, especially, in terms of this blog’s typical themes and audience, the world’s 8,196 Protestant denominations based upon the same Bible.
Posted in Christian Humanism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology
Tagged Bible, constituting, interpretation, Jordan Peterson, Medard Boss, objectivity, perception, phenomenology, philosophy, Protestants, psychology, subject-object relationship, subjectivity, the analysis of dreams
You might think Carl Jung was crazy, or wicked, or insightful, but no matter what you think, you’ll probably acknowledge the man formed at least some decent observations.
Along those lines, I tend to stumble across some of the weirdest stuff (I hear regular readers laughing).
Read these two excerpts from Memories, Dreams, Reflections for your own inferences and extrapolations:
“The play of fantasy [in artistic self-expression] is also helped by religion, an indispensable auxiliary for the psychologist. Catholicism in particular, with its ceremonial [sic] and liturgy, gives fantasy a priceless support, for which reason I have found in my practice that believing Catholics suffer less from neurosis and are easier to cure than Protestants and Jews.”
“Even so, as a Protestant, it is quite clear to me that, in its healing effects, no creed is as closely akin to psychoanalysis as Catholicism. The symbols of the Catholic liturgy offer the unconscious such a wealth of possibilities for expression that they act as an incomparable diet for the psyche.”
Infer and extrapolate at will.
Posted in books, Carl Jung, fundamentalism, liturgy, psychoanalysis, religion
Tagged Judaism, liturgical worship, Memories Dreams Reflections, Protestant, Roman Catholic, symbols