Psychological motivations express archetypes

Culture, and the study of its media and mechanisms, is not an idle game. Culture integrates subconscious and conscious elements in our perception and behaviour. On consciousness, Carl Jung (1951; Alchemical interpretation of the fish) wrote: “Without the existence of conscious concepts, perception is impossible. This explains numerous neurotic disturbances which arise when certain contents are constellated in the unconscious, but cannot be assimilated, owing to the lack of perceptive concepts that would grasp them.
It is extremely important to tell children fairytales and legends, and to inculcate religious ideas and dogmas into adults, because these things are instrumental symbols, with whose help unconscious contents can be canalized into consciousness, interpreted, and integrated. Failing this, their energy flows off into conscious contents which, normally, are not much emphasized, and intensifies them to pathological proportions. We then get apparently groundless phobias and obsessions; crazes, idiosyncrasies, hypochondriac ideas, and intellectual perversions, camouflaged in social, religious, or political garb”.
Alchemists and astrologers had an intuitive grasp of the need to study myth and the inherent structure of nature and culture, including organs and personality types, long before psychology was a science, or even a word.
Crafts and science became popular pursuits, thanks to the printing press, enabling the Enlightenment. Jung and Freud have made the elements of personality, components of the soul, defence mechanisms, and therapy into popular crafts and household terms.
The study of archetypal expression on a worldwide scale became possible only in the last two decades, thanks to access to rock art reproductions in academic papers, field work, archives; and plans of buildings, temples, ruins, complexes, pyramid fields, geoglyphs and cities of every culture and era, posted on the Internet. Demonstration of stoneprint in these two media, raises the possibility that more features of the culture code could be discovered in more media, such as literature and personality. The humanities may yet catch up on natural sciences.
The periodic table was resisted by leading scientists for several years, for being ‘simplistic’. Psychology was resisted by other sciences, including medicine, for being ‘shamanistic superstition’. Our reluctance to see culture as subject to universal laws, is evident in the limited applications of structural sociology. We label repetitive behaviour as ‘ritual’, and as ‘primitive’ (as even Levi-Strauss did). We treat ritual as a remnant of our supposedly former ‘savage thought’ (the title of one of Levi-Strauss’ best known books, mistranslated into English as Savage Mind). We should study mythical logic, or mythologics (the title of one of Levi-Strauss’ more substantial, but lesser known books). Anthropology anthologies demonstrate that human sciences developed from crude assumptions, to a variety of sophisticated theories and applications (Hayes 1979; From ape to angel). The study of nature, and abstracts such as geometry and math, seem mature and sophisticated in comparison………….. [order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage from Four Equators Media, via Edmond at syrex dot co dot za using Paypal ]…………..


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