Madness and creativity by Rosen, David H.; Jung, Carl Gustav; Ulanov, Ann Belford

By Rosen, David H.; Jung, Carl Gustav; Ulanov, Ann Belford

Analyst and writer Ann Belford Ulanov attracts on her years of scientific paintings and mirrored image to make the purpose that insanity and creativity proportion a kinship, an perception that shakes either analysand and analyst to the center, reminding us because it does that the discomfort locations of the human psyche are inextricably—and, frequently inexplicably—related to the fountains of creativity, carrier, or even genius. She poses irritating questions: How can we rely on order, while chaos is an important a part of life? What are we to make of evil—both that surrounding us and that inside of us? Is there a delusion of which means which may include the entire alterations that threaten to shatter us?

Ulanov’s insights spread in dialog with subject matters in Jung’s pink e-book which, in response to Jung, current crucial reports of his existence, topics he explicated in his next theories. In phrases and work Jung monitors his psychic encounters from1913–1928, describing them as internal photographs that “burst forth from the subconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic move and threatened to wreck me.”

Responding to a couple of Jung’s extra impressive encounters as he illustrated them, Ulanov means that our difficulties and compulsions might exhibit us the trail our creativity may still take. With Jung she asserts that the multiplicities inside and round us are, mockingly, items of a better complete that may supply therapeutic and team spirit as, in her phrases, “every a part of us and of our global will get a seat on the table.” Taken from Ulanov’s addresses on the 2012 Fay Lectures in Analytical Psychology, Madness and Creativity stands as a gently crafted presentation, with many medical examples of human braveness and fulfillment.

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It no longer works. That leaves us disoriented and frightened. What can I rely on to see me through life? The personal opens to the collective threat of nothing there. Disorientation Seeing that our ruling principles are not ultimate truth but at best our constructions of truth, not to be equated with truth, that our images of God are images, not God, throws us into a gap that opens between order and what is beyond order. We do not feel this as an opportunity to explore the ultimate beyond our designs for it, but instead look into an abyss into which fall all our axioms and belief systems.

Rosen Ann Ulanov’s meditations in relationship to The Red Book resonate with my own. She is correct in that reading that book precipitates a crisis. As the Chinese say, a crisis is both dangerous and an opportunity to grow and develop. Reading The Red Book brought back memories of my own brush with suicide. So be prepared for your own egg to crack or shatter. Hence, I recommend that you create or join a group to read and discuss Jung’s exciting volume. I also suggest contacting a Jungian society or a Jungian analyst if need be.

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