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Psychology of Religion

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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Psychology of Religion

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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Psychology of Religion

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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Psychology of Religion

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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Psychology of Religion

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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Religious Language

What Ethnicity is God?

This week, a student asked me the question (via Quora) ‘What ethnicity is God?’ This is definitely a question to be answered in terms of religious language – how can we describe God? To ask ‘What ethnicity is God? is a personification – you cannot apply human qualities which is a non-human form. The same […]

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Ethics Films

The Box – Philosophical and Psychological Thriller

Studying ethics? Why not spend an evening watching the screwed up psychological thriller ‘The Box‘ starring Cameron Diaz? This tense movie has an intriguing ethical premise.  ‘The Box’ definitely gets you thinking on a philosophical level. It is based on the short story ‘Button-Button‘ by Richard Matheson. The Box Set in 1976, ‘The Box’ is […]

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Psychology of Religion

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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Philosophy

Top 5 Philosophy Books for the New Term

It’s back to school time, Philosophers! I’m really looking forward to the new term. Today, I am here to recommend the best books for you new Philosophy course. Philosophy is a fantastic course to study. Your brain will be challenged with rational and ethical thinking. Why is Extra reading of Philosophy Books Important in your […]

Should I Study Philosophy?
Philosophy

Should I Study Philosophy?

First of all, congratulations to everyone on their great GCSE results this year. I hope that you are happy with your results, and that you are now aspiring to work towards further study, which is a great decision. However, choosing the right further education courses can be difficult, you are still quite young to be […]


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