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The creative activity of imagination

Sep, 24 2015 12:09

"All the works of man have their origin in creative imagination. What right, then, have we to disparage fantasy? In the normal course of things, fantasy does not easily go astray; it is too deep for that, and too closely bound up with the tap-root of human and animal instinct. It has a surprising way of always coming out right in the end. The creative activity of imagination frees man from his bondage to the "nothing but" and raises him  to the status of whole who plays. As Schiller says, man is completely human only when he is at play. My aim is to bring about a psychic state in which my patient begins to experiment with his own nature - a state of fixity, change, and growth where nothing is eternally fixed and hopelessly petrified." - C.G. Jung, "The Aims of Psychotherapy"