‘Jungians [have] made it quite clear that they are not simply uninterested in brain science, but consider it to be so hopelessly inadequate to their quest for holistic union, transcendental spirituality, precognition, and extrasensory perception as to be an obstacle to progress.’ (J. A. Hobson, Consciousness, p. 103.)
This quotation from J. Allan Hobson appears typical for the perception of Jungian concepts among scientists. Likewise, it is probably fair to say that a large section of Jungian Analysts are unfamiliar with neuroscientific research. This is true for psychoanalysts just as well. This creates fear of the unknown and demarcation. In this paper I would like to demonstrate that Jung’s central concepts are in line with findings of neuroscientists, thus opening up the potential for dialogue and mutual inspiration.
The concept of unconscious mental processes is now firmly routed in the scientific field. There is no doubt any longer that purposeful brain activity takes place without the conscious awareness of the individual. Publications by Gazzaniga, LeDoux, Damasio, Panksepp, Ramachandran and others are providing numerous examples.
Our brains resemble old museums that contain many of the ...
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