Hamlet : Jungian Perspectives On Psychology And Religion

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Hamlet: Jungian Perspectives

The term consciousness refers to "your individual awareness of your unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations and environment” (Kendra Cherry, http://psychology.about.com). Our unconscious contains thoughts, memories, and desires that are well below the surface of awareness but that nevertheless have a great influence on behavior.

The influence of Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung’s work in analytical psychology has never been more prominent in texts than it is today. “Introversion and “extroversion” have become standard words. Most people are aware of the connection between the “individual psyche” and the “collective unconscious.” Many of us have secretly wondered about our own “complex neurosis.” The influence of the darker “shadow” side of life is the subject of concern as we seek to understand the apparent inhumanity of our species. All of this and more has come to us through the voice of Jung who, perhaps more than any other single individual, has shown that psychology and religion can not only coexist peacefully together, but that they can enhance, inspire, and perhaps even complete each other - and in the process help us complete ourselves.

In the gaze of the Jungian analyst, there are two forces that drive Hamlet. One is his anima; “the personification of all feminine psychological tendencies within a man, the archetypal feminine symbolism within a man 's unconscious.” (Barbara F. McManus, February, 1999

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