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Psychology and Religion

The numinous character of these experiences is proved by the fact that they are overwhelming an admission that goes against not only our pride, but against our deep-rooted fear that consciousness may perhaps lose its ascendancy, for pride is often only a reaction covering up a secret fear.

How thin these protective walls are can be seen from the positively terrifying suggestibility that lies behind all psychic mass movements, beginning with the simple folk who call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” the “Oxford Groups” (so named for reasons of prestige ) among the upper classes, and ending with the National Socialism of a whole nation all in search of the unifying mystical experience! ~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion, Page 184.