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Jean Piaget: The Developmental View

The Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget (1896-1980) researched childhood experiences in general and produced a structure for developmental thinking which he hoped would enable us to understand more fully the processes of thinking, which children and adolescents use in their selection, search, manipulation and organisation of their experiences. Ronald Goldman Applied Piaget’s General Structure In the […]

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Edward Robinson: The Original and Continuing Vision

Those who, like Edward Robinson, take a different view, criticise the developmentalists for their obsession with predictability, universality and control. In 1969, Alister Hardy founded the Religious Experience Research Unit at Manchester College, Oxford. The R.E.R.U. collates the religious experiences of people and publishes books on these from time to time. Edward Robinson Became the […]

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Religion in Childhood and Adolescence

One of the ways into a study of this subject is to notice how widely writers differ in their thoughts about the religion in Childhood and Adolescence. There are two main views on this: the developmental view (J.Piaget; R.Goldman) and The original and continuing vision (E.Robinson). The Developmental View of Religion in Childhood and Adolescence To summarise […]

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Archetypes – What are Archetypes? Types of Archetypes

Archetypes Archetypes (according to Jung) are mythological motifs in our consciousness which are ‘typical forms that appear spontaneously all over the world, independently of tradition, in myths, fairytales, fantasies, dreams, visions, and the delusional systems of the insane’. Jung revived the ancient Gnostic term ‘archetype’ for this phenomenon – it represented the ‘patterning tendency’ in the […]

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Individuation

Today we will explore the Jungian concept of Individuation – the process of becoming an individual as developed by Carl Gustav Jung. Martin Schmidt states that “Jung saw it as the process of self realisation, the discovery and experience of meaning and purpose in life; the means by which one finds oneself and becomes who […]

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A Comparison of Freud and Jung on Religion

Today, I will be comparing two famous Psychologists on their views of religion – I hope that you enjoy my comparison of Freud and Jung. 1: For Freud religion was an obsessional neurosis. People need to be ‘cured’ of religion- He believed that psychology would eventually succeed in explaining religion away in much the same way […]

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Assessment of Jung’s Treatment of Religion

You can probably tell that I am on a ‘Carl Gustav Jung‘ binge at the moment! I am, of course, teaching a great deal of Psychology of Religion! Remember that when you write essays in Philosophy, you are expected to give an argument and counter argument or thesis and antithesis. Today, we will be summarising […]

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Jung on Religion – A Summary of his Religious Experiences and Belief

Many of you have been asking me to summarise Jung on Religion. It is a difficult task as it is a complex topic, but today, I attempt to summary Jung on Religion in 9 key points. Here goes… There is a religious instinct in all human beings – an inherent striving towards a relationship with […]

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The Young Jung – A Background to Carl Gustav Jung

Ever wondered what lead Carl Gustav Jung to his views on religion? Ever wanted to know more about Jung’s working relationship with Sigmund Freud? I know I have! The purpose of this blog is to attempt to answer some of these questions on the background or history of Jung’s views, rather than to explain Jung’s […]

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A Criticism of Freud on Religion

Over the last few blogs, I have been taking an interest in Freud and his views on religion. As you know, Freud was a psychologist and psychoanalyst who dispelled religion as an illusion. In my last blog, I explored the positives of Freud on religion by asking ‘Is there any Truth in Freud on Religion?’. […]