OK, this is the last time I get all Jungian on you, or let Jung do it instead. He's just so good at explaining things. Soon this blog will get really fun and Andersonian. The best attitude to adopt to get the most from this P*A*R*T*Y would be hardcore casual curiosity, which is generally the way I view everything in life, unless it bores me to tears. Then I cry about it.
I will try to explain the term "individuation" as simply as possible. By it I mean the psychological process that makes a human being an "individual" - a unique indivisible unit or "whole man." In the past, it has been generally assumed that consciousness - or the sum total of representations, ideas, emotions, perceptions, and other mental contents which the ego acknowledges - is equal to the psychological "whole" of an individual. But nowadays the rapidly increasing knowledge of phenomena that can be explained only on the hypothesis of unconscious mental processes has made us doubt whether the ego and its contents are really identical with the "whole". If unconscious processes exist at all, they must surely belong to the totality of the individual, even though they form no part of the conscious ego. If they were a part of the ego, they would be conscious, because anything directly connected with the ego is conscious; consciousness is by definition the relationship between the ego and the various mental contents. So-called unconscious phenomena are those that have no connection with the ego. For this reason the ego usually denies their existence, and yet they reveal themselves in an individuals behaviour. A careful observer can easily see evidence of them, although the individual himself is blissfully unaware of the fact that he is exhibiting his most secret thoughts, or even something he has never consciously thought.
C.G Jung in The Integration of the Personality
Becoming a party is exactly this. Integrating all your funny secrets into your accessible consciousness and partying on regardless.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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