Jung and Freud on Religion


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Jung and Freud on Religion
Both Freud and Jung fundamentally viewed religion as an aspect of wish fulfillment. As a psychological concept, both theorists believed that developing an idealized vision of the world from which one could find escape was a form of coping with the stresses of the world. Religion was a method by which individuals and communities might construct a new form of reality free from a natural fear of death. Despite their similarities in understanding, however, both psychologists contextualized this wish fulfillment in a different way. While Freud believed that the illusion of religion was a symptom of weakness of mind, Jung saw it as a method of expressing that which is inexpressible about human life, and which enables...
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.....ggression, apathy or anarchy, there is a greater challenge in deliberately ignoring rational thought and scientific knowledge. It is, of course, true that one has no way of knowing of what one is ignorant, but to bow to, as Freud wrote, “an intelligence superior to us, which in the end, though its ways and byways are difficult to follow, orders everything for the best — that is, to make it enjoyable for us” (149) is simply embracing the irrational and unreal. A healthy mind, as Freud noted, can more easily mitigate the difference between fear and reality.
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Freud, S. The Future of an Illusion and Civilization and its
Discontents. London: Penguin, 1997.