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Introduction

Psychology and the Other
WithWolfgang Giegerich

The substantial difference between a psychological and an unpsychological mode of being-in-the-world is explained by Jung with the notions “inside” and “outside.” Any “psychology” that starts out from the notion of wishes or desires as its prime category can be seen through as a “psychology” from the standpoint of “the child.” The move of the departure from “the child” through the “shadow” and the syzygy of anima and animus was an entirely soul-internal development. The negation of the old narrow concept and the acquisition of enormously widened and differentiated new concepts about the same reality referred solely to abstract concept(s), to intellectual contents of consciousness. The land of psychology proper will only have been set foot on when the entire level of ego and shadow has gone under and consciousness has objectively dropped down to the level of the anima.