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Freud’s Reality Principle (German: Realitätsprinzip) – Is that all there is?

Embed from Getty Images Hanging man artwork, in Prague, Czech Republic, a work by David Cerny intended to depict Sigmund Freud. In Sigmund Freud‘s personality theory, the reality principle is a learned psychological function that seeks to gratify instinctual desires (id) … Continue reading

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Freud’s Pleasure Principle – Missing the point of spiritual healing?

Sigmund Freud believed that human beings begin life by seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. This “pleasure principle” initially takes the form of relieving instinctual tensions generated by the id through activity or hallucination. When one grows older and the ego matures, … Continue reading

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The Oedipus Complex – Do adult ogres have unresolved stuff from childhood?

In Greek myth Oedipus was the king of Thebes who did his best to avoid a prophecy saying he would kill his father and marry his mother. Like most good tales about knowing the future, Oedipus inadvertently fulfills the prophecy … Continue reading


The Numinous and Numinosity – Seeing The Light Beyond All Lights

I can’t remember when I first encountered the English term numinous; most likely while reading a Jungian work or something by Carl Jung himself. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961), the founder of analytical psychology, circa 1960. The … Continue reading


Postmodernism – Not necessarily absurd or without wings

The term postmodernism became popular in the 1970s and 80s but has roots reaching back through the centuries. Social theorists usually try to define concepts through a key set of ideas and parameters. Postmodernism challenges conventional perceptions of “the definition” … Continue reading


Plotinus – Is “The One” really God?

Plotinus (205-70 CE) was an ancient Greek speaking philosopher thought to have been born in Egypt. He established a branch of philosophy that, since the Renaissance, has been called Neoplatonism. At Rome in 244 CE he became a prominent teacher of … Continue reading

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David Ricardo – With Trump’s pending inauguration, suddenly the old giants become relevant again

David Ricardo (1772-1823) was an English economist, influenced by Thomas Robert Malthus, and often credited along with Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill as a founder of the so-called classical school of economics. Ricardo had learned the art of stockbroking … Continue reading

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Synchronicity – A concept that may become increasingly important in our emerging quantum worldview

Synchronicity is a term coined by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung to represent the idea of meaningful coincidence. Implicit to Jung’s idea of synchronicity is the belief that all of creation is somehow interconnected, not only through space but also … Continue reading

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Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) was an Austrian physicist who attempted to overcome the apparent particle- wave duality with his now famous wave equation. Various interpretations of Schrödinger’s wave equation have arisen. For some, particles are seen as wave packets. Others suggest … Continue reading