Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche

In whatever form the opposites appear in the individual, at bottom it is always a matter of a consciousness lost and obstinately stuck in one-sidedness, confronted with the image of instinctive wholeness and freedom.

This presents a picture of the anthropoid and archaic man with, on the one hand, his supposedly uninhibited world of instinct and, on the other, his often misunderstood world of spiritual ideas, who, compensating and correcting our one-sidedness, emerges from the darkness
and shows us how and where we have deviated from the basic pattern and crippled ourselves psychically.

I must content myself here with a description of the outward forms and possibilities of the transcendent function.

Another task of greater importance would be the description of its contents.

There is already a mass of material on this subject, but not all the difficulties in the way of exposition have vet been overcome.

A number of preparatory studies are still needed before the conceptual foundation is laid which would enable us to give a clear and intelligible account of the contents of the transcendent function.

I have unfortunately had the experience that the scientific public are not everywhere in a position to follow a purely psychological argument, since they either take it too personally or are bedevilled by philosophical or intellectual prejudices.

This renders any meaningful appreciation of the psychological factors quite impossible.

If people take it personally their judgment is always subjective, and they declare everything to be impossible which seems not to apply in their case or which they prefer not to acknowledge.

They are quite incapable of realizing that what is valid for them may not be valid at all for another person with a different psychology.

We are still very far from possessing a general valid scheme of explanation in all cases. ~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 190-191