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 Critique of Individuation 
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Critique of Individuation

Abstract: Individuation as the process of psychological maturation is connected with the ‘spiritual path’, the same as the ‘narrow path’. Worldly adaptation as a central aspect of individuation is overvalued. According to psychology, the symbolic transformations in the unconscious images fulfil a therapeutic function. This view is criticized as a way of upholding the stagnant ego, which should really undergo an authentic transformation. The notion of ego abandonment in spiritual tradition must be taken seriously. Central to psychology is the integration of the unconscious. But equally important is the opposite process of ‘complementation’. Consciousness is not only synthetic, it has also a ‘sympathetic’ function. Consciousness can give life back to the unconscious and not only empty it of its goods. To this end, a creative form of contemplation is recommended, in the way of painting or writing. The destruction of the stagnant state of personality, and the riddance of aspects of personality, are part and parcel of individuation. Today, adaptation and assimilation are overvalued whereas negation is undervalued. The self in Jungian psychology is a towering ideal, a conglomerate of contradictory aspects of personality. At a point in time, the spiritual seeker must abandon the ideal of completeness and begin to negate his worldly obsessions, which keep him involved in the many meaningless games of life.

Keywords: integration, complementation, negation, destruction, spiritual path, art, individuation, apotheosis, alchemy, Gnosticism, Holy Grail, C.G. Jung, Emanuel Swedenborg, Poul Bjerre.

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Mats Winther

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