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C. G. Jung and intuition: from the mindscape of the paranormal to the heart of psychology

Pilard, Nathalie (2018) C. G. Jung and intuition: from the mindscape of the paranormal to the heart of psychology. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 63 (1). pp. 65-84. ISSN 0021-8774. (doi:10.1111/1468-5922.12380) (KAR id:65826)

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Intuition is central in the work, practice, and philosophical legacy of C. G. Jung. In this paper, I will first discuss the importance of intuition for Jung in the paradigm usually designated the ‘paranormal’. Jung was attracted to intuition as an extra-ordinary gift or function in the traditional sense, and this is considered here in relation to his 1896-1899 Zofingia Lectures and 1902 On the Psychology and Pathology of So-called Occult Phenomena: A Psychiatric Study. A significant development then occurred in 1913, when esotericist intuitions were turned toward psychological use with Jung's Red Book. There, his personal and private use of intuition – and we know how extraordinarily intuitive he was – led Jung to fully incorporate intuition at the core of his psychology. Not only in his practice, in the crucial intuitive form of empathy, but as we will see, also at the very heart of his theory. In 1921, Jung wrote Psychological Types, where intuition became one – the first – of the four fundamental functions and types of the psyche next to thinking, feeling, and sensation. In 1921, Jung proved to the world in rational argument that intuition was no longer a psychologist's hobby for table turning, but the most significant function of the psyche.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1468-5922.12380
Uncontrolled keywords: intuition; esotericism; paranormal; method and theory; functions; types
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Nathalie Pilard
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 12:27 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:58 UTC
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