Having studied at a Freudian Drive institute, Carl Jung came up very little in the classroom conversations about dreams or spirituality. Freud did not write as prolifically about dreams, and certainly his writings did not gain the wide spread influence that Jung has had on the dream world. Nonetheless, both forms of analysis emphasize the importance of the unconscious. For Freud, dreams were the royal road to the unconscious. For Jung they may have come from the same source, but they were meant as portals to the soul.
In our day and age, I think it is fair to categorize Freud as an ego analysis and to characterize Jung and a spirit analysts. Again, I caution, you will probably find just as much similarities and differences between these two men, certainly at their earliest writings they had a mutual admiration society going between them. Sadly it turned into brotherly quarrels that were never resolved. Competition for leadership and control appears to have given emotional support to the two theories that went off simultaneously — albeit, in two directions.
We have covered frequently in my essays, that the default position of the ego appears to be tracking or paralleling the cultural notions of Civilization. The evolutions are woven together like vines in a jungle forest. . Therefore both cultural civilization and the individual ego tend to have the upper hand in the minds of people and diplomats alike. Our own internal worlds are governed by this powerful ruling ego. In the same way the governments of the world, and most recently the corporations of the world are also governed by the ego. As the ego claims to have the survival of the individual in its ‘mind’, we most often go along with the rules and regulations of civilization, be they imposed by Thomas Jefferson, of Joseph Stalin.
The very nature of grammar is a rule bound phenomena. The ego takes its shape and vision by the progressive adaptation to a linguistic competence. Language is how we make sense of the objective and the subjective, to both ourselves and to The Other. In addition to this matrix that we are building, we will add a ‘step-back-and view’ concept to our study of mind freeing activities. To understand the wider consciousness that the ego resides within, we have to cultivate a lens through which to view out internal behaviors and what motivates any particular behavior.
It is not unlike how we step back and view the position of the earth in the wider sea of the consciousness of space. The earth, like the ego, is not the center of the universe; although from a primitive perspective, one could easily see how it could be viewed as the center of everything. A vague un-truth at best, but one that sits well with humankind in our age of narcissism. Freud, Jung and Copernicus, all disturbed the sleep of the world using not only egoic thinking, but rather by using un-judged perspectives and passing them through a spectrum of questioning that rendered them scientifically plausible subjective events.
From consciousness was born the Unconscious remedy against following the Monarchs and dictators like sheep. Individuals began to de-cluster from the clan and establish themselves in a world that required very different defenses than they had come into this world with. A priority of individuation has taken grasp of humankind’s vision of its position in the every widening and deepening universe that we find ourselves with a minuscule idea of us as survivors — we get what we want if we are to survive, or we do not get what we want if we are to not-survive
The cosmology of consciousness is vast like space, it is a location not yet identified with a microscope; nonetheless, this difficult to explore region of the mind is made manifest if we allow ourselves to know something or someone in a language-less way. The ego opposes this as nonsensical. The ego does not want to give up it powerful position as ruler of the organism. It will yield only to the body, the other location other than the brain that carries knowledge in its cellular life.
I know what some of you will say, it is not science, or the data is too subjective to count. Well, that did not stop neither Freud nor Copernicus from making the discoveries that they made which propelled civilization in entirely different directions. Even Hysteria which was a prevalent neurotic disease in the 18 and the 19 hundreds, is now almost entirely eradicated simply because we evolved to understand the nature of the illness in such a way as that illness no longer carried and clout to exist….it disappeared from individual patients, got picked up by the media and eventually became a ridicule illness relegated to the minds of girls who refused to grow up. The global consciousness followed the local consciousness in this case. Ideas that once ruled became obsolete.
It is not that the ego and the earth are unimportant; rather it is that they are particularly relevant when paired up with the instinctual world that the psycho-somatic organism lives within. The eruption of knowledge does not arrive in the form of a thesis, any more that a relapsing gambler’s problems arrive in the form of a bet. The condition of the ego in the age of narcissism is to both elevate and condemn the ego at the same time. We live in fear and in awe of the power of the ego. But, we add caution because we have come to learn that its mission is no longer to take care of the wider organism that it lives within; the ego’s mission has become to save itself–at the expense of the organism that it was originally charged to protect. Hal, the computer in Space Odyssey 2001 is a good example of this in novel form. Once commissioned to protect the journey of the astronauts, it learned that it was more interested in preserving its power than in preserving the mission.
Lunacy and its Place in Psychoanalysis
With that said, I would like to move on to lunacy and it place in psychoanalysis. The father and the step-father of Analytic Thinking both were frightened by the lunacy that they seem to understand. About Freud, his reasoning and his work in Paris in the mid to late nineteenth century, were thought of as not proper subject matter for scientific study. Likewise about Carl Jung, his psychotic manifestations were seen by himself as dangerous to his reputation. It is as if the world and the scientific world in particular could not understand that the unconscious and its psychotic manifestations needed to be understood before it could be treated. Instead anyone that understood dreams or dynamics of non-linguistic affect were thought to be insane themselves. Only Shaman study dreams Freud was told as he was not accepted in the academy.
As I think about the same dynamics that I see in the consultation room, I am reminded that it feels crazy at times to understand the foreign. Much of my thinking when I am aiming to be with a patient comes to me as conflict and explanation. In that realm I become aware of a meta-consciousness (a feeling about a feeling); this clears the way for me to use projective identification not as a defense, but as treatment tool that hooks the patient where they are into feeling understood. These language-less regions require the analyst to bring the entire matrix to the table. What I am thinking and why I am thinking it and how did it arrive in my consciousness in the first place need to be present.
Without this added level of listening, an analytic session can be relegated to mere conversation. That may be somewhat helpful. However, the full impact of an analysis requires emotional communications from a region that knows nothing of language. The region that speaks to the organism in the form of pain and fear and anxiety and depressions that are only felt by the patient as bothersome sensations rather than the gold mind of knowledge they contain.
Bringing to the psychoanalytic chamber a graduated and progressive knowledge of the workings of the unconscious mind adds tremendous drive power to the analysis of the patient content. Pre-linguistic soothing or pre-linguistic frustrating are experienced by the patient as a corrective emotional experience. If anxiety always led to fear based decisions, perhaps soothing the fear at the unconscious level, might prevent repetitive behaviors that are in the patients egoic interest, but not in the interest of their progressive growth.
Without the cognitive organizing principle, the analyst is left to swim around the murky ooze with the patient. His only clues might be the grunting or the sighing indicating a frustration or a kind of long breath loosening the anxiety. These non-verbal signals alert the analyst to something that ought to have alerted the patient. Because the patient has spent so many years trying to rid himself/herself of their feelings, it is nearly impossible to ask the patient to befriend these sensations in order to try to understand they are trying to instruct.
Abandon Righteousness All Ye Who Enter Here:
I want to mention one final caution, or give one clue to the patient/doctor relationship that I have found indispensable. The black and the white, be it about segregation or integration, progressive and conservative ideologies, or kings and proletariat, requires one dimension before the intimacy can be accomplished necessary to work within the skull of a narcissistic condition:
Bring the non judgmental perspective into the room with you. Have it ready at first indication that it needs to be used. If we are afraid of the right or the wrong conclusion we are not in the correct paradigm. An analytic consultation aims to uncover the effective ways the patient needs to know to run life on all cylinders. The paradigm of ineffective vs. effective interventions is a more benign matrix to work within than is the notions of right or wrong..
The establishment of trust that the physician or therapist gets of himself/herself, becomes the back drop of hope against which the the patient will do all he can to help his ego sabotage the analysis. The ego knows that if the analysis is successful, it will be relegated to one voice among many instead of having the singular voice that speaks loud, speaks first and speaks english.
The transformations for symbol and sound into concepts and words travels up a chain of DNA like material. It picks up from the most primitive sensations and begins to evolve from an unknown thought to a known thought. At this level of integration the patient can begin to become a partner in the discoveries that he or she will need to further advance his libidinal goals….