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Fig 3.13 – Jungian ‘Burnout’

Text: Pages 129 and 130

As the symbol demonstrates, the overidentification with an archetype leads to “burning out.” The mother who over identifies with being a mother could feel “dead inside” and be resistant to find balance in her life by seeking other life experiences or other archetypal energies.

Raiders of the Lost Ark symbolizes the best way to psychologically manage an archetype is not to overidentify with an archetype because it will lead to “burn out.” It is important to show great respect for the power of an archetype because it possesses the natural and the spiritual forces, the energy to create and destroy, as well as the power to transform.

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