Quote Jung on depression: at mid-life,
when a metanoia, a basic reorientation of one’s attitudes and goals is called for. [the opposite of adolescent patterns is called for]...
it becomes necessary to follow the depressive tendency
into the unconscious..
.and discover where and how the libido[vital life force] wants
to flow again into the world.
This requires two things:
(1) the willingness to let go
of one's habitual conscious attitudes and assumptions,
particularly one's so-called "reasonable" convictions about the world;
and (2) the overcoming of the fear of incest,
i.e. the repulsion and anxiety
that contact with the unconscious calls forth.
…every significant change in age, status, role, attitude, or personality
is accompanied by the demise and mourning of a former condition.
Only through such "dark nights of the soul"
is the person reborn into a new way of being and living."
"in its natural condition
the unconscious is in a depressed state.
The usual symptoms associated with depression-
-the feelings of inadequacy, inertia, heaviness, sadness, blackness,
lack of interest in life and the pull towards death-
-are apt descriptions of the lower depths of the psyche.
It is no wonder that consciousness,
normally activated by the opposite principles-
-spirit, light, energy, joy, curiosity, life—
fights vigorously not to fall into the hands of the unconscious.
...(P.339)the unconscious deplores its depressed condition
and longs to be made free of it,
and that within its blackness
contains a germ of consciousness
capable of unifying the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche
thereby healing the split soul of man.
...Jung's ideas about the nature of depression...
he thought it was a compensatory response by the unconscious
to one-sided or erroneous conscious attitudes and behavior.
Next, he saw depression and mania
as two possible reactions
on the part of an ego-consciousness
that has become aware of the powers of the unconscious
and feels its stability and formerly assumed superiority threatened....
He described depression as
an aspect of the regressive tendency
associated with the incest longing [the desire to return to the womb p. 344]
regression occurs because
an obstacle is encountered
in conscious development or social adaptation
and there is a need for a renewal and a rechanneling
of the flow of psychic energy."
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