The Purpose of Imitation (Society)

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You might wonder that I write about and from Dr Jung so often. I read many of his books nowadays, and every time I look back on my own experiences, I find similarities and many examples among his explanations, and I see that I can learn a lot. Hopefully, for a good reason, I think it might help you too if you consider your life with these issues.πŸ™βœŒπŸ’– So, let’s begin:

I understand very well what Dr Jung is talking about here below about imitation, the importance of this is evident. Still, the abuse of it in the way of mass control, or lack of personality characteristics, forces one to imitate someone else rather than find own individuation. Honestly, I was once an imitator (that’s why maybe, I became a good actor!) Of course, after puberty, I reached my inner person and discovered the individuum; my talent remained. I could imitate many prominent people and become famous at family parties. πŸ˜‰

I was born and lived in a country where the individuum lacked (it is always much easier to let others decide!). After that, when I came to the free world and felt the individuum in (some) people, my conclusion was that freedom and education cause individuality.
Individuation is to divest of false wrapping. C. Jung

I might quote from my brother’s book: The Limbo; When humans (Homosapiens) climbed down the tree and lost their sharp teeth and nails, have got afraid. They got confused and lost their individuality and soul. Therefore, they built society so as not to feel left alone. I think humans had begun to fear their own selves. And preferred to get lost in the mass!

Here’s a piece of his book on this topic. (the consequence of the assimilation of the conscious, from; The Relationship btw I and unconscious.)

(Hu)Man has one faculty which is most useful for the collective purpose and most harmful for the individual, and that is imitation. Social psychology cannot do without imitation, for without it, mass organisations, the state, and the social order are simply impossible; After all, it is not the law that makes the social order, but imitation, in which concept suggestibility, suggestion and spiritual contagion are also included. But we also see every day how the mechanism of imitation is used, or rather abused, for the purpose of personal differentiation: To do this, one simply imitates an outstanding personality or a rare quality or activity, whereby a differentiation from the immediate environment of external relationships comes about. As a punishment for this – one might almost say – the similarity with the spirit of the surroundings, which nevertheless exists, increases an unconscious, compulsive attachment to it. Usually, the attempt at individual differentiation, falsified by imitation, gets bogged down in the pose. Yet, the human being remains only a few degrees more sterile than before at the stage at which one was. To discover what is actually individual in us requires thorough reflection, and we suddenly become aware of how tough it is to discover individuality.

May the force be with you all. πŸ€—πŸ¦‹πŸ’–

4 thoughts on “The Purpose of Imitation (Society)

  1. I read so many Jungian authors, that I sense I need to add one or two of Jung’s own books to the tower that sleeps beside my bed. Thank you for the nudge today Aladin. The path of individuation, I really hope, to remain on till the very last moment of my life here … perhaps it will also be one I continue to follow in my next life too? I kind of hope so. Love, light and Lammas blessings, Deborah.

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    • You are an Individual person (Woman) without a doubt, I bet! That was the first impression I got of you. And what makes me so enthusiastic about continuing to work and translate his works is that I saw on the internet that quotes and books from Jung are mostly accusations. I am thrilled to hear and read Jung speaking to me. I am convinced that reading his works helps us to understand better. Thank you again; I send you much love.πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. elainemansfield

    Aladin, I never doubt why anyone would read or write about Jung (or Jungians) since I’ve had my head in Jungian thought since the late 1960s. I still talk to a Jungian therapist about dreams after all these years and take part in a women’s mythology group.

    The idea of imitation is beautifully explained. I think of all the times I wanted to belong and tried to conform to other’s ideas of what was right. My attempts usually failed until I found mediation and studying philosophy and psychology, but now in this time of aging, I find I most belong in Nature. If I could only learn to fly like a butterfly.

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