Hexagram 4 of the I Ching: Analytical Psychology and Jung's Developmental Process
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2002
The Society of Analytical Psychology 1998
Journal of Analytical Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 167–180, January 1998
How to Cite
Douglas, C. (1998), Hexagram 4 of the I Ching: Analytical Psychology and Jung's Developmental Process. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 43: 167–180. doi: 10.1111/1465-5922.00015
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2002
- Cited By
- Puer Aeternus;
- childhood development;
- analytic development and training;
- masculine and feminine principles
Theories, as well as history itself, are subject to their archetypal underpinnings, as well as to synchronicity, cyclic and sequential change. Some of Jung's early life experiences, his theories, and their permutations in his followers are considered in relation to Hexagram 4 of the I-Ching.
Jung's infantile wounds, his lack of adequately mirroring and metabolizing parents gave rise to a Puer Aeternus complex. This complex is explored as it is brought out through the lines of Hexagram 4 in the I-Ching. The complex is considered as pertinent to some problematical parts of Jung's theory and its impact on analytic history and behavior. Jung's genius and adaptive healing use of the building blocks of this complex are also discussed.
It is proposed that the descendants of Freud and Jung internalize the problems of their forefathers in much the same way that patients internalize the problems of their parents. Particular theories suggest similar personal affinities (and even histories) in their followers. Jung's childhood problems are considered for the way they may reverberate in Jungian practice today.