Depth Psychology and a New Ethic

Depth Psychology and a New Ethic

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by Erich Neumann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0877735719

ISBN-13: 9780877735717

Pub. Date: 06/28/1990

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

The modern world has witnessed a dramatic breakthrough of the dark, negative forces of human nature. The "old ethic," which pursued an illusory perfection by repressing the dark side, has lost its power to deal with contemporary problems. Erich Neumann was convinced that the deadliest peril now confronting humanity lay in the "scapegoat" psychology

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The modern world has witnessed a dramatic breakthrough of the dark, negative forces of human nature. The "old ethic," which pursued an illusory perfection by repressing the dark side, has lost its power to deal with contemporary problems. Erich Neumann was convinced that the deadliest peril now confronting humanity lay in the "scapegoat" psychology associated with the old ethic. We are in the grip of this psychology when we project our own dark shadow onto an individual or group identified as our "enemy," failing to see it in ourselves. The only effective alternative to this dangerous shadow projection is shadow recognition, acknowledgement, and integration into the totality of the self. Wholeness, not perfection, is the goal of the new ethic.

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ISBN-13:
9780877735717
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Edition description:
1st Shambhala ed
Pages:
195
Sales rank:
977,363
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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Depth Psychology and a New Ethic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is an important book by a much respected Jungian thinker. Best known for his Origins and History of Consciousness, Neumann was viewed by Jung himself as his most ardent and articulate disciple (see Jung's foreward to Neumann's Origins and History of Consciousness). In this short but brilliant book, Neumann calls into question the Judeao-Christian emphasis on perfection, saying that 'it is time we sacrifice the ideal of perfection on the altar of wholeness.'