This week I have been reading Carl Jung’s essay on Two Kinds of Thinking. I was hoping to have something to offer by now, but I found myself drawn into the depth and significance of the chapter. With a surplus of passion, I found myself writing extensively, which I have yet to proofread. I am not sure what do with these pages. It seems a little long for a post. Let me share a little of what I am thinking.
Manifestly, Jung is talking about two kinds of thinking: directed thinking and dreaming or fantasy-thinking. Here is a quote which sums up the view:
“We have, therefore, two kinds of thinking: directed thinking, and dreaming or fantasy-thinking. The former operates with speech elements for the purpose of communication, and is difficult and exhausting; the latter is effortless, working as it were spontaneously, with the contents ready to hand, and guided by unconscious motives. The one produces innovations and adaptation, copies reality, and tries to act upon it; the other turns away from reality, sets free subjective tendencies, and, as regards adaptation, is unproductive” (para. 20).
At the same time and on another level, Jung is revealing a primal split within the psyche. The integration of this split forms the heart of Jung’s later work. Such integration forms our wholeness, as the Self. Below I have provided some of my notes.
For those of you reading along with me, the paragraph references are from Carl Jung’s Symbols of Transformation unless stated otherwise.
|LiteralDirective ThinkingLanguage (para. 12)
Technical (para. 17, fn 3)
Intellectual comprehension (para.1)
Empiricism (para. 17)
Thinking in words (para. 13 &17)
Adapted (para. 11)
Reality-thinking (para. 1)
Already and always socialized (Jodl, para. 15)
Intellectual comprehension (para. 1)
|SymbolicDream-images (para.4)Subterranean passages (para.1)
Inner act of will (Kueple, para.17)
Automatic play of ideas (Kueple, para.17)
Revery (fn 19, James, para. 18)
Inner sympathy (para.1)
Introversion & Inwardness