I was reflecting on possible solutions to the problem raised in the previous post and came to the conclusion that this might be a case of the solution being worse than the cure. Cultural psychotherapy, the fine-tuned use of psychotherapeutical techniques in propaganda to induce psychological transformations in practically unlimited masses of people, would be a weapon too dangerous to exist. Even planting the idea by naming it publicly might be a risk. Megalomaniacal social engineers of all sorts would be attracted to the promise of such an idea for realizing their various personal utopian visions, and no taxpayer dollar would be spared in its development.
Then I realized this already exists, and it’s been going on for years. Take Citizen Kane as an early example, followed by the finely tuned creations of Mr. Disney for an audience of young children. As Camille Paglia says, the 60s weren’t about hedonism. They were about Jung, and only devolved into hedonism as the breakout subculture assimilated the masses. The origin of hippies taking drugs, having sex, and general degeneracy was about intellectuals exploring the Shadow through its projections in altered states of consciousness, hoping to accomodate their Shadows and integrate their personalities to create a New Man. This naturalistic, materialistic, deterministic brand of Luciferianism is the mythos of Jungian paganism which I’ve railed against as the resurgence of Zodiacism from a secular ideological substrate.
This put me in mind of Jung’s psychopathic use of countertransference to make his patients fall in love with him so he could abuse them continually, like a vampire, for sexual and material gratification.
Let us now contrast Newton with Jung. Carl Jung is unusual among probable-geniuses, in that he was dishonest about his own work and its implications.
That Jung was a near-genius we think is correct; he made numerous discoveries and conceptual breakthroughs – and he is an unseen but pervasive influence behind vast areas of modern culture including psychology, psychiatry, therapy and (especially) that vast and vague phenomenon called the New Age movement (almost everything about the New Age has a Jungian lineage – even when this is not generally known or acknowledged).
But that Jung was a thoroughly-dishonest and deceptive man is something equally undeniable. Jung was never plain and honest when that was inexpedient – Jung was not driven by a pure pursuit of truth; because truth was readily and repeatedly sacrificed when the consequences were unwanted by Jung. (Eysenck regarded lying as typical of the high Psychoticism personality.)
He craved respectability as a Professor, psychiatrist, scholar, scientist – and would trim his published views to ensure this. He wanted wealth, status, admiration – and patients were charmed, seduced, strung-along and generally exploited to ensure this. Jung wanted to be regarded as an unworldly sage – but worked to create an organization dedicated to his own self-promotion. He apparently had many sexual relationships with his patients and trainees right into old age; and had a long-term live-in mistress who functioned as a second wife (while being unmentioned in his autobiography – he also used his personal magnetism to maintain a household of handmaidens to dote upon and serve him).
The point is that Jung’s many compromises, deceptions, evasions, and lies are so consistently dedicated to his own comfort, convenience and gratification that the picture is one of a highly charming and dominant; but heartless, manipulative and selfish psychopath – typical traits of high Psychoticism, but which interfere with creative achievement. Furthermore, Jung experienced a significant psychotic episode (his ‘confrontation with the unconscious, from 1913) characterized by hallucinations and probably delusions.
In sum, Jung – like Newton – exhibited some aspects of the dark side of Psychoticism.
Jung is, in several respects, the precursor of the postmodern intellectual – the ‘clever silly’ who espouses an illogical, incoherent, dogmatic, opaquely expressed, and overly complex idea. Doing this helps him to display his intelligence – because the idea is complex and hard to understand, making him seem profound to silly or emotional people – even if the idea is nonsense on closer inspection. Also, if the idea gives people hope, then he will come across as altruistic, further boosting his status.
But this could be put aside as mere hypocrisy – and that is something of which we are all guilty (it would be hypocritical to pretend otherwise). But Jung’s dishonesty went even deeper than that, to invade his primary achievement. Because Jung’s work is incoherent at the very deepest level – and this incoherence has afflicted his legacy. And this incoherence was not the result of confusion, but the result of dishonesty.
An example is the idea of synchronicity; which has become an extremely influential cultural idea, as a buzz-word and a vague concept – but which was deployed by Jung in a way that makes no sense. And this incoherence is not due to misunderstanding Jung, but comes directly from Jung’s written contradictory accounts and evasions of the implications of his own insight.
” British philosopher Colin Wilson (1931-2013) exposed this in his marvellously insightful short study: Lord of the Underworld: Jung and the Twentieth Century (1984); especially the chapter “The Sage of Kusnacht”, where Wilson goes through the writings on synchronicity with a fine-toothed comb, and tries to pin down what Jung really believed, or meant – and comes up against a mass of obfuscation and self-refutation: of giving with one hand and taking back with the other.
This kind of contradiction and vagueness vitiates Jung’s legacy and is a direct consequence of his mixed motivations. It demonstrates that genius depends on dedication to the work, and any failures in this regard will detract from the level of achievement.
Jung’s last recorded words from his death bed seem appropriate: ‘Let’s have a really good red wine tonight.’ The final statement of a man whose personal gifts were astonishingly great – but who consistently and successfully deployed them for his own comfort, convenience and glory.
The Genius Famine
If Jung was deliberately using countertransference for self-gratification this early in its conceptual development, then it stands to reason that early scientific propaganda theorists like Bernays would have been aware of it. This means that the infantilization of the West could be explained by intentional mass countertransference propaganda, where Harry Potter is merely the most obvious example, and this was likely subsidized by fiat currency to create a vicious cycle. (This would contrast with what I would consider unintentional cultural psychotherapy like The Count of Monte Cristo for Omegas, Crime and Punishment for Gammas, the hero’s journey for Deltas, or the behelit myth for Alphas.)
This brings me to Jordan Peterson, b
Being a megalomaniac, he would be drawn to the practice of cultural psychotherapy in order to gratify his unquenchable need to be loved (ref: Citizen Kane link above). He would have been trained NOT to do so in the context of psychotherapy, and I think this repression fueled his obsessions with Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and the mechanics of demagoguery. In order to rationalize its use in mass countertransference and still feel like a good person, he fixated upon
1) moral pragmatism, which gave him permission to ignore the moral injunction against using thr expedient of psychotherapeutic training for utopian political ends,
2) the Jungian imperative to accomodate his Shadow, which produced the dark endogenous personality traits which enable his intellectual performance art (and, curiously, failed to produce genius in combination with his high IQ), and
3) the prevailing epistemology of social Darwinism, which positioned him as the hyperverbal personification of male hierarchies (i.e. YouTube dad) and reified him as the avatar of, ironically, the Nietzschean ideology of sociosexual “dominance of the fittest”.
Think about the way he describes fixating on Hitler’s use of mirroring to produce countertransference in crowds and thus the monstrosities of total war. And think about his refrain to “become a little bit of a monster”. He thinks Hitler was a monster, you know. That’s right, Jordan Peterson is trying his damnedest to be, literally, Hitler. If you look outward from earth into the night sky and mistake the constellations for projections of your personality, then you have inverted heaven and earth and mistaken what is outside you for what is inside you (i.e. God is within, metaphorically). And you will find the void of space does indeed stare back. This projection is the basis of astrology and thus Zodiacism.
Every step in this process is a materialistically predetermined consequence of starting with the premise “God is within”. Luciferianism is Americanism is the health and wealth gospel is Jungianism is social Darwinism is atheism is rebellion is the default human condition, properly understood. This is why Vox’s Q-posting on the subject was so annoyingly facile (Toronto, Breendoggle, 33rd parallel…connect the dots, patriots). You don’t need to be a pedophile to become a Luciferian. Hell, you don’t even need to be an American. You just need to give your wicked heart permission to follow the logic to its lowest energy state.
This is also, incidentally, why Christianity can never serve as a civil religion. It is profoundly counterintuitive at the deepest level, and thus can’t be used to appeal to the most basic desire of the human heart to be a god unto oneself. If it’s worldly success you want, emulate the fallen angel of truth and beauty and reify the Lightbringer within, or GTFO. If you want to imitate Jesus just be aware you’re not going to be a conquering king, you’re going to get crucified.
Next time: why Amoral Egoistic Christianity is Satanism.