• Thanatos - a contribution to the understanding of the collective shadow

    From M Winther@21:1/5 to All on Mon Jul 24 08:59:50 2017
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    Thanatos - a contribution to the understanding of the collective shadow

    Abstract: The principle of the death drive (Thanatos) is understood as a genuine psychic force connected with the mother complex. Destructivity
    in repetitious form can temporarily emancipate the ego from unconscious dependency in phallic-narcissism. It is present in the immature or
    fragile personality (the weak ego). Thanatos is unconsciously
    therapeutic in that it aims at strengthening a frail ego consciousness.
    It can ward off unconscious wholeness, invariably associated with the
    Mother archetype, in which the borders of personality are dissolved.
    Although it serves to avoid regression, destructiveness can become
    obsessive. The sun god Horus's perennial struggle against Seth, in
    Egyptian mythology, illustrates the dynamics of Thanatos. Accordingly,
    every night Seth defends the sun bark by defeating the negative Mother
    in the guise of the chaos monster Apophis. Thanks to Seth, the sun of consciousness is restored and can rise again in the morning. In history, phallocentric culture is sustained by Thanatos in its restorative
    capacity, but this runs counter to the ideals of patriarchal culture,
    whose guiding star is Horus.

    Keywords: Todestrieb, matricide, maternal bond, trauma, suicide,
    mortido, destrudo, patriarchal, Phallic Mother, complementation.

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    Mats Winther

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