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Shadow, other, and the world at the moment

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    Closed Accounts Posts: 483 ✭✭ lazydaisy

    Given the riots in France, and the division in the world, I thought it might be a good time to talk about Jung's shadow and the psychology behind making "other" people who are different. This may be more appropriate in politics, I'm not sure, but I think looking at it from a psychological stand point might be more illuminating.

    Here are a couple of quotes to ponder.

    We live in a time when there dawns upon us a realization that the people living on the other side of the mountain are not made up exclusively of red-headed devils responsible for all the evil on this side of the mountain.

    ——C. G. Jung

    Being human, especially being a self-aware human, entails facing bitter truths about existence. The price one pays for self-awareness is to see the dark side——not so much to dwell there, but to penetrate, to somehow get through and actually affirm your destiny.

    ——Irvin Yalom