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Teaching Jung$
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Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735426.001.0001

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Jung as Nature Mystic

Jung as Nature Mystic

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(p.183) 11 Jung as Nature Mystic
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Teaching Jung
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Meredith Sabini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735426.003.0012

In recent years, Jung has attracted new attention for his environmentalist insights about the psychological dimensions of the human relationship with nature. This chapter looks at the full array of Jung's nature writings in conjunction with his deeply meaningful personal experiences with nature, starting with his pastoral childhood and rural upbringing in late-nineteenth-century Switzerland. Even though Jung himself might object, this chapter argues that Jung qualifies as a “nature mystic” in the basic meaning of that term, as a person who draws direct psychospiritual energy from, and feels an overwhelming kinship with, the whole of the natural world. Jung craved the purifying effect of immersing oneself in nature, and he expressed concern about the profoundly damaging psychological effects of the modern world's increasingly fast-paced, technologically driven, environmentally destructive ways.

Keywords:   nature, nature mystic, environment, Jung

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