Carl Jung was an early twentieth century psychologist who had a profound effect on the development of our understanding of the mind. His work on the ego, the personal and collective unconscious, extroversion and introversion are all well worth reading. As part of his work on the collective unconscious, Jung also developed our understanding of archetypes. Whilst Jungian psychology’s contention that archetypes are universal, autonomous and instinctual has been challenged (and they do tend to be euro-centric and gendered), the concept of archetypes remains a powerful looking glass.
Mayhaps this is a strange way to introduce a blog about our children. However, I think Jung, and Thomas Moore’s meditation on his archetypes in Care of the Soul (all quotes below are taken from his book), provides us a compelling view on child abuse and poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Three of the archetypes that Jung describes are the Father, the…
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