Symbolic Life

The psychoses of Negroes are the same as those of white men.

In milder cases the diagnosis is difficult because one is not sure whether one is dealing with superstition.

Investigation is complicated by the fact that the Negro does not understand what one wants of him, and besides that is ignorant [does not know his age, has no idea of time].

He shows a great inability to look into his own thoughts, a phenomenon that is analogous to resistance among our patients.

Little is said of hallucinations, and equally little of delusional ideas and dreams. — The Negro is extraordinarily religious: his concepts of God and Christ are very concrete.

The lecturer has pointed out on an earlier occasion how certain qualities of the Americans (for instance, their self-control) may be explained by their living together with the (uncontrolled) Negroes.

In the same way this living together also exerts an influence on the Negro.

For him the white man is pictured as an ideal: in his religion Christ is always a white man.

He himself would like to be white or to have white children; conversely, he is persecuted by white men.

In the dream examples given by the lecturer, the wish or the task of the Negro to adapt himself to the white man appears very frequently.

One is struck by the large number of sacrificial symbols that occur in the dreams, just as the lecturer has mentioned in his book Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido.

This is yet another indication that such symbols are not only Christian but have their origin in a biological necessity.  ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Page 552