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By C. G. Jung

Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is among the significant works of Jung's later years. The valuable subject of the quantity is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality in the course of the inspiration of the Self, whose conventional old identical is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis via an research of the Allegoria Christi, particularly the fish image, but additionally of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, offer a useful summation of those key innovations in Jung's procedure of psychology.

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In his theorizing of the death instinct Freud draws from findings in cellular biology to support his view. His account is consequently permeated with the language of “entities” and “organisms”. In “The Economic Problem of Masochism” he takes this analogy further. For example, he describes how in multi-cellular organisms, “the libido meets the instinct of death, or destruction, which is dominant in them and which seeks to disintegrate the cellular organism and to conduct each separate unicellular organism into a state of inorganic stability” (Freud, 1924c, p.

These different interpretations of how memory works, including Freud’s questions as to what it means to “forget”, are an important contribution to expanding our sensitivity to individuals’ differing relationships to the past. The limitation of “Remembering, Repeating and Working Through” concerns Freud’s emphasis on the importance of past time in the psychoanalytic method to the exclusion of the dimension of the future. Although Freud’s concept of the drive implies that there is a future aim, Freud’s focus is on how these aims or objects are determined by a person’s past experiences.

In this paper Freud further develops his notion of the compulsion to repeat which he had begun to formulate in “Remembering, Repeating and Working Through” (1914g). There he describes how patients repeat repressed material in their relationship with him instead of being able to remember this material. In “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” Freud questions what makes people repeat experiences which are unpleasurable. For example, what is the purpose for a child who, in his mother’s absence, repeatedly throws a wooden reel on a piece of string out of his view and then pulls it back gleefully making it reappear?

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