Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Psychological Significance of Chaos and Disorder

Staff Writer, DL Mullan
Psychology / Sociology


What is chaos? What is order? This treatise from the Canberra Jung Society Newsletter Autumn 2011 explains our subconscious need for disorder and the conscious need for archetypes of order:
This article starts with disorder in psychology and then looks at our preconceptions about order, which primarily come from our religious mythology. This of course, relies on us recognising that mythic thought is not dead in Western society; we are still influenced by the stories of the past, except that they have come to seem like common sense. Our primary myth is that we have no myths, only other people,somewhere else, or at sometime in the past actually have them, we supposedly have outgrown them or lost them. Some think this is good, some think it is bad, but the proposition is simply not true. Listen to a politician some day and see how much of what they say depends upon a taken for granted myth, however impoverished, such as the myth of order and the necessity for its imposition. Myth always feels real – otherwise it would not be myth, and would have no effect. From consideration of our main relevant myths we move briefly in to alchemy and then back into psychology.So we have a circle, which contains and expresses the chaos:
This primary substance [the chaos] is round (massa globosa, rotundum), like the world and the world-soul; it is in fact the world-soul and the world-substance in one (Aion CW 9 II: §376).
We dissolve into flux and coagulate into a temporary order, which dissolves again.
To read more: The Psychological Significance of Chaos and Disorder.

Source: Academia.edu