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I have been thinking about this statement by Frieda Fordham in her book "An Introduction to Jung's Psychology"

"In the early stages of his work he also used what are known as 'association tests’ to reach these memories. The association tests revealed a peculiarity of the psychic structure, namely the tendency of ideas to become associated round certain basic nuclei; these associated ideas -- which are affectively toned -- Jung named complexes. The nucleus is a kind of psychological magnet; it has energetic value, and automatically attracts ideas to itself in proportion to its energy. The nucleus of a complex has two components, the dispositional and the environmental -- i.e. it is determined not only by experience, but also by the individual's way of reacting to that experience." - Chapter 1


The question I am asking is whether we can gauge a person's reaction to a situation based on the complex that is triggered and what the person's psychological type is, or more specifically what their superior and inferior functions are.


For example, take a particular complex, say, the Father complex - originating from a mother's inability to maintain a healthy relationship to her Animus coupled with the absence of a strong enough masculine presence that can counterbalance that. As a result, children remain too attached to the idea of their Mother and never quite "come together". Manifestations include a tenuous and resentful relationship to authority and establishment, a rejection of socially acceptable ways of behaviour and the lack of one would characterize as a "moral compass". This can happen to both men and women.


Now see this

According to Jung's typology, our mind has four functions - two related to the way we receive information (Intuition, Sensation) and two in which we process information (Thinking, Feeling). One of these would be our superior function, i.e. most used and relied on, one from the other category that accompanies that, and one would be our inferior function in the sense that it is least wielded and exercised. Since the inferior function is the least developed and the least in our conscious control, this is the path through which a complex is most likely to express itself.


For those who are a Feeling Sensate type and thus having Intuition as their inferior function, a violent reaction against authority or even of rules imposed for the sake of the common good, could take the form of suspicion or paranoia. Say, conspiracy theories. Or if Thinking is the inferior function, it could be sloganeering or blind ideologies - cult like movements in general. And thus for each of the functions when they are in an inferior position.


I am well aware, that this is only a naive idea at this point, but that is fine because it is only an attempt at understanding.




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