Author: Ilona Błocian

Abstract

It seems to be a paradox that Jung defined an archetype as a collective pattern however social history was not a subject of his interest and social thought was not a path of his conception. The Undiscovered Self and texts from Civilization in Transition or some his notices in interviews have undeniable social character; many statements from the studies on religious symbolism, alchemy or on literature contain also clear social dimension. His defense of individual status in contemporary mass societies, attack on non-authentic, alienated, conventional forms of life experiences and existence, on slave-state and logic of great number are very characteristic and they take their own place in the stream of psychoanalytical, neo-psychoanalytical path of social thought corresponding with Frankfurt School reinterpretation Freud’s understanding of individual-society relation.

Jung was a critique of mass society and his position in confrontation with social dilemmas was very critical. A negative image of European experiences is based on colonialism, conquests, “blood baths” of conflicts, wars and the violence of missionary activity of the Church. The contemporary society – due to the history of our culture and direction of social development – is largely penetrated by negative forms of mass processes, gradual erosion of individuals and communities.

In: Contemporary Influences of C. G. Jung's Thought
The book is a volume of the collected works of sixteen different authors. They reflect the contemporary meaning of C. G. Jung’s theory on many fields of scientific activity and in a different cultural context: Japanese, South American and North American, as well as European: English, Italian and Polish. The authors consider a specific milieu of Jung’s theory and his influence or possible dialogue with contemporary ideas and scientific activity. A major task of the book will be to outline the contemporary—direct or indirect—usefulness and applicability of Jung's ideas at the beginning of the twenty-first century while simultaneously making a critical review of this theory.
In: Contemporary Influences of C. G. Jung's Thought