Monday, March 4, 2013

Jungian Jungle

Jung and Freud were the two most interesting psychologists that one could possibly learn from at anytime. Freud and Jung have their similarities with their theories and thinking on the id, ego, and superego. They both thought that there were three different levels to the human mind, although Jung thought that the mind had an ego, personal conscious, and a collective unconscious. The collective consciousness can be very closely related to fairy tales by looking at the different versions of fairy tales across different cultures or countries. A Russian fairy tale can have the same morals as a South American legend, which any one who reads them can learn from. The collective unconscious of people can help us create an idea of what is right and what is wrong, all of which can be displayed through fairy tales. Jung created certain archetypes and the idea of psyche to explain the theories on people's personalities as well. One of the most common archetypes would be the "Wise Old Man". As shown by Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter, this archetype is often the one who gives the main character the push to start off on their legendary journey or give them strength to rely on themselves to get the job done in the end. Another example of an archetype would be the Primeval Forest.

This could be any forest in any fairy tale, often symbolizing how a certain danger that the main character must overcome. My personal take on this would have to be the reality of the world, how someone has to struggle and fight to stay on top of it all. Some other things that our guest speaker talked about besides Jungian Psychology was the Hero's Journey, or the progression through the story. It follows the format of what most stories are modeled after and they way that is best to get their morals across. Another aspect (and a very sneaky one at that!) is the science of alchemy. It is often represented by something being of gold in a fairy tale, such as golden thread, golden balls, or even golden eggs!

Apologies for this being late, had the stomach virus :c

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