Longing for Paradise: Psychological Perspectives on an by Mario Jacoby

By Mario Jacoby

The eager for freedom from clash, discomfort and deprivation is an everlasting human dream of serious emotional energy. it's the dream of overall happiness, embodied in just about all cultures because the fantasy of Paradise. the writer, a Jungian analyst, starts with a dialogue of the mental connection among the belief of Paradise and the crucially decisive caliber of the Mother-infant dating in selecting a kid's improvement.

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The cow drags me into a village, where there is an outdoor stage. I am dragged onto this stage, and there the cow turns into a nice, very fatherly man. I am to dance with him. ' I hear music and I try a dance step. " The mother of this analysand was dedicated to a medievalseeming Catholicism which provided the theme and justification of her depression: The world is a vale of tears; man as creature of instinct fell prey to Original Sin, and only remorse, atonement and constant prayer can lead to God's benevolence.

Neumann seems to suggest here that the myth of Paradise graphically expresses a real, primal human experience, that of the infant. But surely no infant lives in a fantasy world containing such 'Neumann, The Origins and History of Consciousness, pp. 1 14-1 15 26 PARADISE AS AN IMAGE OF PRIMAL BLISS sophisticated images of the Paradise myth. These are, rather, symbolic formulations of pre-conscious, pre-lingual experiences which have subsequently been given verbal and perceptual expression. " With the knowledge of good and evil, of male and female, Paradise is forfeited.

1 14-1 15 26 PARADISE AS AN IMAGE OF PRIMAL BLISS sophisticated images of the Paradise myth. These are, rather, symbolic formulations of pre-conscious, pre-lingual experiences which have subsequently been given verbal and perceptual expression. " With the knowledge of good and evil, of male and female, Paradise is forfeited. T o "know" what Paradise means presupposes knowledge of its opposite, of the burdens and sufferings of earthly existence. The very idea of Paradise contains simultaneous grief over its loss.

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