• Puer aeternus and cultural radicalism

    From M Winther@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jan 20 07:55:07 2017
    XPost: uk.philosophy.humanism, alt.psychology.jung, alt.psychology
    XPost: alt.psychology.psychoanalysis, talk.politics

    The puer aeternus (Peter Pan) syndrome denotes a form of mother complex.
    Daryl Sharp says:

    "The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being
    caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. His
    lot is seldom what he really wants and one day he will do something
    about it--but not just yet. Plans for the future slip away in fantasies
    of what will be, what could be, while no decisive action is taken to
    change. He covets independence and freedom, chafes at boundaries and
    limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable [...] Common
    symptoms of puer psychology are dreams of imprisonment and similar
    imagery: chains, bars, cages, entrapment, bondage. Life itself,
    existential reality, is experienced as a prison. The bars are
    unconscious ties to the unfettered world of early life." (Sharp, "Jung Lexicon")

    Of course, this feeling of being fettered is what characterizes today's ideological mindset. Leftists, feminists, and black "liberation" groups
    claim that they are circumscribed by the structures of society, created
    by the oppressing White Patriarcate (symbolic of the demanding
    father-figure). The demands of adult life can indeed be hard to endure, especially in times of economical hardship. But if an ideology is
    created out of this youthful concept, then society is bound to churn out
    a multitude of alienated people each year. It is imperative that this
    ongoing epidemic is better understood. I recommend M-L von Franz "The
    Problem of the Puer Aeternus" (2000).

    Mats Winther

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