chapter  One
8 Pages

Setting the scene

ByFiona Ross

Psycho-analysis and analytic psychology are shared cultures, but also counter-cultures that disrupt each other, providing an important methodological tool. The introduction of a Jungian perspective is intended to re-contextualise the concept of perversion so that it can profitably be reexamined without the stranglehold of its psychoanalytic roots. Theory is conceived through the imaginative relationship between theorist and reality. The roots of disharmony between Jungian and Freudian theoretical perspectives lie in incompatible aspects of their originators' divergent creativities. Within Jung's typology framework, Jung himself is an introvert. This chapter reviews the psycho-analytic model through the introduction of Jungian concepts that extend the understanding of perversion beyond the bounds of sexuality to a more general relational context. Usage in religious, moral, sociological, and legal contexts reveals a wide swath of meanings within which only a thin stripe illuminates the traditional theories of perversion adopted in psychoanalysis.