Well, to continue with the incoherent theme my blog seems to have taken of late. I will say that the past few months has been me delving into the “psychological archives”, and reading some books about Jungian Depth Psychology. Mainly “The Portable Jung” by Joseph Campbell (conveniently found here for free & legally https://archive.org/details/ThePortableJung ), and “Maps of Meaning” by Jordan B. Peterson.
Both of which relate to the mindset I have found myself in the past couple of years, and the boundaries I’ve been pushing (probably a little too much). Anyways, as far as I understand Jung’s thoughts, and what I’ve been thinking about personally. Is the following diagram to illustrate the ideas.
To start with Ego, Ego is the little bit of awareness that a person generally has until they “confront, and amend” their “Shadow” (Personal Unconscious). Both of which reside in the Self. The Ego overlaps, with the Personal Unconsciousness and the Collective World/Consciousness. A person can only be aware of what is within their “Ego” (generally), and it plays a part of how they interact with the world around them (Reality).
Adjusting to the Personal Unconsciousness (The Shadow) is the trick of Jungian Individuation. A process that can’t really be detailed, but can experienced by everyone. It’s just that few choose to do so because it risks flirting with “Insanity”, and “Cognitive Regression”. Along with social retribution/isolation for “breaking norms”. The payoff is to truly know yourself, and to become an Individual.
Moving onto the Self, Self is the part that subsumes Ego, and The Personal Unconsciousness. It is truly a person’s “Soul”. My thoughts on it roughly tie in Sartre’s Authenticity, Nietzsche’s Nihilism/Ubermensch, Kierkegaard’s Knight of Faith, and a whole host of other thoughts. Crudely, it could be described as Existence precedes Essence, which predates Recognition, and then Acceptance of said Essence. A “person” is born into the world, but they aren’t fully “aware” of it, nor themselves. Mainly because the “Brain/Ego/Self” is still being generated/compiled from stimuli, and experiences. An early trap to fall in to is the notion of “Roles”. Identifying oneself via the tasks they perform, and the activities they do during conscious life. This is not so. That ties in with Authenticity by realizing that those are just acts a person does. Masks, if you will. Nietzsche’s Nihilism comes along, and hammers away all these masks…The “Twilight of the Idol(s)”, so to speak. Building upon the bare fundamentals of annihilation, for what are we except “dust in the wind”. One constructs their notion of Self through the Culture they are immersed in daily, but not through identification as previously. They take the facets they like/enjoy, and discard the rest into the “Nihilistic Abyss”, for those things have no meaning to the True Individual. The “Knight of Faith” is comparable to the Ubermensch in the aspects that both take into account their selves as creations. The Ubermensch reevaluates all external meanings/mores whereas the Knight of Faith applies meaning to the Self/God. They are not opposed, but cantilevers to the thesis/anti-thesis/synthesis aspect of development.
Transitioning to the Collective Unconsciousness, it could be roughly described as the “History” that isn’t written, but is still kept in mind. It is composed of “Archetypes”, or “Fictional Heroes”.
Collective Consciousness is the world that is “Historically Written”. It is transcribed in books, and the actors are “Real” (Non-Fictional whatever that means at this point) beings. It is the world that we are all actors in as far as we know, and constitutes our daily lives. We may overlap with other “Actors” during our lives, but the bubbles of Self/Ego/Personal Unconscious are truly our own. As they shall always be. Humanities bubble, as a species, is the Speculated/Potential Universe. It can, and probably will overlap with an “Alien Species” at some point, but those species themselves will likely have their own history/bubbles (Unconscious functions due to Evolution, if Universal).
The Speculated/Potential Universe is the aspect of Reality that we as a united species is exploring, and can reach to the best of our present theories. It, as with all of the above bubbles, is expanding.
The Unknown, is the Cosmic Chaos, and the Reality that we can’t, or haven’t explored.
…Suffice to say, the above is just my mental model for making sense of Reality, and I truly do believe that there are several definitions of what constitute as Real. To me if it is possible to be conceived of, it is likely to be, or become Real at some point in Existence.