Jung, Trauma and Archetypal Expression
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The paper discusses how Carl Jung would approach trauma as a secret of the human mind to be unlocked, explored and faced, rather than evaded. The paper focuses on Jung's examination of artistic, creative and abstract expression as modes to unlocking this trauma. The paper specifically looks at the biblical story of "The Tower of Babel" and the 1967 Indian film, "The Jewel Thief" as demonstrative of the ways that trauma may be exorcised through art.
From the Paper:"The concept of trauma itself serves as a useful point of entry. In absolute certainty, there is a relevance to human experiences and memories which may have been forgotten, ignored, avoided or revised by the subject. While events may not be in the forefront of one's consciousness or even directly accessible without reminders, it is still possible for them to play a part in one's life and emotional stability. To this point, we find that "forgotten trauma is neither inert nor benign; it is the silent source of diverse psychological problems." (Hertel, 130)
"For Jung, this was a matter of great concern as he sought to further our collective understanding of the human experience. Like Freud, he was driven less by what he understood of neurology and more by that which compelled him in the individuality and intuition of human creative. To this point, "Jung realized early in his work with patients and in his own personal explorations that art expression and images found in dreams could be helpful in recovering from trauma and emotional distress. He often drew, painted, or made objects and constructions at times of emotional turmoil or personal crisis." (Machiodi, 134) To his perspective, this was demonstrative of the opportunity possible through the personal capacity to communicate in some medium one's fears, anxieties, thoughts and feelings to also reveal something of the stress relating to an internalized trauma."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anand, V. (1967). Jewel Thief. Nevketan Films.
- Charles, R.H. (2003). The Book of Jubilees. The Book Tree.
- Cloud, D. (2008). The New Age Tower of Babel. Way of Life Literature.
- Hertel, P. & Reisberg, D. (2004). Memory and Emotion. New York: Oxford.
- Kalsched, D. (1996). The Inner World of Trauma. Routledge.
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