Thanatos : A contribution to the understanding of the collective shadow

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Mats Winther

Nov 25, 2021, 2:52:08 PM11/25/21
to Sigmund Freud
Abstract : The principle of the death drive (Thanatos) is understood as a genuine psychic force connected with the mother complex. Destructivity in repetitious form can temporarily emancipate the ego from unconscious dependency in phallic-narcissism. It is present in the immature or fragile personality (the weak ego). Thanatos is unconsciously therapeutic in that it aims at strengthening a frail ego consciousness. It can ward off unconscious wholeness; invariably associated with the Mother archetype, in which the borders of personality are dissolved. Although it serves to avoid regression, destructiveness can become obsessive. The sun god Horus’s perennial struggle against Seth, in Egyptian mythology, illustrates the dynamics of Thanatos. Accordingly, every night Seth defends the sun bark by defeating the negative Mother in the guise of the chaos monster Apophis. Thanks to Seth, the sun of consciousness is restored and can rise again in the morning. In history, phallocentric culture is sustained by Thanatos in its restorative capacity, but this runs counter to the ideals of patriarchal culture, whose guiding star is Horus.

Keywords : Todestrieb, matricide, maternal bond, trauma, suicide, mortido, destrudo, patriarchal, Phallic Mother, complementation.


Nov 26, 2021, 2:48:24 AM11/26/21
This is a rather Jungian approach and must be posted in Jung group at I will delete it from here.
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