The Abandonment of the Child (within)

Of all the archetypes that C G Jung comprehensively explored, the archetype of The Child is probably the one least comprehended.  Easily confused  with the literal child unto whom we project our intense desire to re-acquaint ourselves to the characteristics of The Child energy forgetting in the process the “perverse derelictions” as James Hillman described it that are part and parcel of this major archetype. The 20th and 21st centuries may very well be recognised as the centuries of idealisation and sentimentalism of childhood and therefore of the child.  From child exploitation to child coddling we have swung the pendulum, desperately […]

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