The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society

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Thomas Singer, Samuel L. Kimbles
Psychology Press, 2004 - Psychology - 279 pages
How do cultural complexes affect the collective psyche?

Based on Jung's theory of complexes, this book offers a new perspective on the psychological nature of conflicts between groups and cultures by introducing the concept of the cultural complex. This modern version of Jung's idea offers an original view of the forces that prevent human attempts to bring a peaceful, collaborative spirit to conflict between groups.

Leading analysts and academics from a range of cultural backgrounds present their own perspective on the concept, demonstrating how the effects of cultural complexes can be felt in the behaviour of disenfranchised, oppressed and traumatised groups across the world. Ultimately, a clearer understanding of the source and nature of group conflict is reached through discussion of central subjects including:

* Collective trauma and cultural complexes
* Exploring racism: a clinical example of a cultural complex
* Cultural complexes in the history of Jung, Freud and their followers.

The Cultural Complex represents a valuable contribution to analytical psychology and will undoubtedly also stimulate dialogue in the fields of sociology, political science and cultural studies.>* Cultural complexes in the history of Jung, Freud and their followers.

The Cultural Complex represents a valuable contribution to analytical psychology and will undoubtedly also stimulate dialogue in the fields of sociology, political science and cultural studies.
 

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Contents

The cultural complex and archetypal defenses of the group spirit
13
Malinchismo Betraying ones own
35
A long weekend Alice Springs Central Australia
46
The footrace for a prize
62
When a religious archetype becomes a cultural complex
64
Trauma and abuse The development of a cultural complex in the history of Latin America
78
Postmodern consciousness in the novels of Haruki Murakami
90
Corruption Symptom of a cultural complex in Brazil?
102
Cultural complexes in the history of Jung Freud and their followers
185
The cultural complex in the psyche of the individual clinical cases
197
A cultural complex operating in the overlap of clinical and cultural space
199
Exploring racism A clinical example of a cultural complex
212
A clinical encounter with a cultural complex
223
The cultural complex and individuation of the group
237
Ubuntu a contribution to the civilization of the universal
239
Towards a theory of organizational culture Integrating the other from a postJungian perspective
251

What does it mean to be in The West? Psychotherapy as a cultural complex foreign insights into domestic healing practices
124
The cultural complex in the psyche of the group and the individual
145
Collective trauma and cultural complexes
147
Light the seven fires seize the seven desires
171
On the politics of individuation in the Americas
262
Index
275
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