By Jeffrey C. Miller

The transcendent functionality is the center of Carl Jung's concept of mental development and the guts of what he known as individuation, the method in which one is guided in a teleological means towards the individual one is intended to be. This publication completely stories the transcendent functionality, examining either the 1958 model of the seminal essay that bears its identify and the unique model written in 1916. It additionally offers a word-by-word comparability of the 2, besides each reference Jung made to the transcendent functionality in his written works, his letters, and his public seminars.

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Its addition stands as testimony to the importance of the role of the unconscious in compensating for the one-sidedness of consciousness and in the part the analyst plays to assist the patient in discovering that. It also tells us that even after four decades of developing 18 Th e T r a n s c e n d e n t F u n c t i o n further ideas, Jung’s conviction that psychological health requires constant interplay between consciousness and the unconscious remained unshakable. The Constructive Method: Importance of Purpose and Meaning Jung not only believed in the omnipresence of the unconscious, but also that in it lies the core of new attitudes that seek to guide us in a teleological way.

1957/1960, pp. 73–74) Instructively, the 1958 language shifted significantly from Jung’s original 1916 language. An excerpt from Appendix A comparing the two versions follows (the lined-out text is language that was removed from the 1916 version when Jung revised it to create the 1958 version; the underlined text is the language Jung added in 1958): The term] “transcendent” [designates the fact that this function mediates] the transition from one attitude to another [.

There Jung, leaning heavily on the work of Friedrich Schiller, a late eighteenth-century German philosopher, outlines the long history of duality between abstract idea and physical thing, the so-called opposition of realism and nominalism (p. 26; see also 1943/1953, p. 6 The debate between realism and nominalism was about whether there is a fundamental duality between form and matter, idea and thing, thought and feeling, subject and object, inner and outer— an important theme in Western consciousness.

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