“The psychological dilemma plaguing most of humanity is that the archetypes live us instead of us living them. Unless we become aware that there are such things as blind forces or archetypes in our unconscious, unless we become cognizant that we are in their grip, we will remain in a state of identity with these blind, unconscious, archetypal forces.” We must wake up to our deeper realities and dynamics if we are going to stop being menaces to ourselves and others.” [i] Eugene Pascal, Jung To Live By (Warner Books, New York, N. Y. 1992) p.89
Perhaps from a base of different social, scientific and spiritual disciplines, we need to re-think what it means to be human at a fundamental level. We acknowledge that we are fundamentally relational beings living in a culture that to a very large extent socializes us into a solitary being by virtue of extolling the virtues of “rugged individualism”. If we are too focused on others, we are at best “co-dependent” and at worst pathologized. Yet research repeatedly tells us that we are social animals and as such, our physical and psychological well being depends on our connections with other people.