The deprecation of groups is part of a cultural complex that spans dynamics within the social sciences,

Dear Evangeline,

Thanks for your comments. I will keep this brief, given the primary focus on Jean’s paper; though, I’d be happy to take the issue of Jung’s attitude towards groups up another time. There is no doubt in my mind that Jung was interested in cooperation; and, I also agree with your image that individuation has something to do with healing into a sense of our own potency (I rather like your phrasing on this matter). However, I do not think Jung’s criticisms of group consciousness can be reduced to any specific moment in the history of his thinking and writing. The thesis I would ask you to consider is that the deprecation of groups is part of a cultural complex that spans dynamics within the social sciences, psychology, politics, and culture generally. This complex is noted by other social scientists as a divide between public and private experience. I am claiming that this is inculcated, and thus problematically normalized, within psychology. Further, as evidence we could reflect on the manner in which this seminar and moments of interaction between us continually introduces more differences than can be integrated. Now, the valuation of “integration” is not assumed; rather, it is adopted from other disciplines, group theory, as a necessary dimension of human development. And, interest in and resistance to such integration becomes something of great interest, to be curious about, to be explored in some collaborative manner.
Thanks for your note,

Peter Dunlap

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