Abraham Maslow

May 15th, 2014

Jung viewed the unconscious as “a creative and intelligent principle, which linked the individual with the whole of mankind, nature and the whole cosmos. “Besides the existence of the individual unconscious” discovered “by Freud, Jung postulated the existence of a collective unconscious shared by all mankind. For Jung, beyond cultural constraints that define their forms of manifestation, spirituality is a principle intrinsic to the human psyche. On the other side of the ocean, Abraham Maslow was one of the first researchers interested in studying the psychology of beings more “advanced” has given the history of mankind. What interested him was to examine the more psychologically healthy people, of course, a rare minority which included Christ and the mystics of different cultures. What inferred, after thoroughly studying the lives of these men “enlightened” was that they had put their identity and enclosed in his person, his ego, in its history. They had a wider sense of identity that went beyond his personality, an identity “transpersonal.” His identity extending toward a communion with the totality of the phenomena, with all beings. Something, of course, very difficult to understand, for most of us, and therefore, psychologists, especially Westerners, tend to either ignore these phenomena, described as pathological to such mystical experiences.

Maslow became interested in the study which he called “peak experiences” suggesting that those experiences may be supernormal rather than subnormal. Such experiences of fullness that many people have experienced if only for a moment, can be an indicator of human potential is perhaps the most learned of the theories on the transpersonal. His developments are too extensive to that letter and the board with the expansion they deserve another chance. Just here to point out that being a distinguished scholar of both Western and Eastern psychology, concludes that spirituality and religiosity are characteristic of the human psyche, but is concerned differentiate the esoteric exoteric religion. “The exoteric or external religion is a religion of myth, religion terribly concrete and literal, he believes, for example, that Moses parted the Red Sea, that Christ was born of a virgin, that the world was created in six days. .. that the earth rests on the back of an elephant and it, in turn, rests on a turtle resting on a snake …

That’s the exoteric religions, a set of belief systems that attempt to explain the mysteries the world in mythic terms rather than in terms of direct experience or evidence. ” This is the religion that Freud and other researchers have associated reasonably with mythical thinking fixings. When it comes to religion, psychology and spirituality are thinking about such beliefs and rarely makes a distinction between the exoteric and the esoteric. * References Descamps, Alfille, Nicolescu, what is the transpersonal?


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