Transcendence, Trauma, and Sacrifice
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The idea of transcending trauma through sacrifice is a challenging one, perhaps beyond our capacity to grasp fully. Yet, as trauma patients strive to move beyond their emotionally paralyzed state to a higher level of functioning, it seems sacrifice is a necessary step. Violent trauma forces us to sacrifice ideas of invulnerability, control, and ego strength, to let go of the illusion that we can defend ourselves against hopelessness, despair, and loss. The archetype of sacrifice has far-reaching implications in the fields of anthropology, sociology, theology, and beyond. The metaphor of sacrifice seems especially helpful in the treatment of traumatized individuals, since it casts light on the dialectic between victim and sacrifice. In order to master his traumas, Jung chose a highly individual, creative path—or perhaps one should say he was forced into it. The first source of trauma for Jung was that of being a “replacement child.” The second source of trauma was abandonment.