The Phenomenology and Ontology of Complexes

Gildersleeve, Matthew (2016) The Phenomenology and Ontology of Complexes. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 217 967-976. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.02.074

Author Gildersleeve, Matthew
Title The Phenomenology and Ontology of Complexes
Journal name Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-0428
Publication date 2016-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.02.074
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 217
Start page 967
End page 976
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The purpose of this article is to illustrate the congruency between the work of philosopher Martin Heidegger and psychologist Carl Jung. Specifically, this article will focus on providing a phenomenological description of Jung's complex theory with the use of Heidegger's ontology. In addition, this article will demonstrate how a Daseinsanalytic description of narcissism is significantly elucidating when read with a phenomenological understanding of complexes. In particular, this article argues that the meaning of a complex is phenomenologically disclosed when Dasein's world is conspicuously experienced as unready to hand and “not-being-at-home”. In the experience of a complex, angst, conscience and guilt are saliently disclosed in a moment of conspicuous obstructiveness and obstinacy, which results in the ready to- hand losing its readiness-to-hand in a certain way. The authentic and inauthentic understanding of the meaning of complexes as a consequence of this moment will be described and related to Jung's psychoanalysis.
Keyword Jung
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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