Carl Jung on Creative People & Unconscious Assimilation

I think creative people will really enjoy reading Carl Jung as he understands and validates their role and function in society and culture. 

Most people misunderstand truly creative thinkers because they don’t have the capacity to think like them, so to have someone who understands the creative mind is a breath of fresh unconsciousness. In other words, don’t smoke weed every day, smoke the unconscious and you’ll have tapped into an imagination far greater than your own.

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So I’ve got this quote that Carl Jung made about creative people, artists, and it’s really interesting if you think about it. I’ll just read it to you.

“The artist’s relative lack of adaptation turns out to his advantage; it enables him to follow his own yearnings far from the beaten path, and to discover what it is that would meet the unconscious needs of his age. Thus, just as the one-sidedness of the individual’s conscious attitude is corrected by reactions from the unconscious, so art represents a process of self-regulation in the life of nations and epochs.”

So I think he means that, if creative people go off on their own beaten path, they’re actually going off into the… they’re following the unconscious realm and they’re bringing back to consciousness, into culture, parts of the unconscious that culture failed to assimilate.

And then he likens that to “the one-sidedness of the individual” … “their consciousness is then invaded by things from the unconsciousness”. And so culture is like the individual and artists are like the truth bearers, bringing a piece of what was lost in the unconscious into the consciousness of an entire culture and age.

So that’s why I really love Jungian Psychology. If you’re a creative people I suggest you get a hold of a few of his books because he’s got some wild ideas in there, they’re bloody fantastic in my opinion.

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