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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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GEWEHR, Rodrigo Barros. Beyond Christianity: On Religious Function in C. G. Jung's Thought. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2021, vol.15, n.1, pp.1-23. ISSN 1982-1247.

The parallels between religious phenomenon and psychic functioning are a constant in Jungian thought. By means of this problem, Jung addresses structural issues in his theory, such as the tendency to unilaterality of conscious activity; the compensatory and self-regulating character of the psychic functioning, as a result of this tendency; the distinction between religious confession and religiosity. All of this serves to highlight the central role Jung attaches to religious function in the psychic structure, a role which is not, however, confused with an adherence to religious dogmas. Taking The Red Book as a starting point, Jung's critique of Christianity will guide us throughout this essay on the role of religion in psychic life. Two major conclusions can be outlined from these observations: the psychological perspective Jung adopted for the analysis of religious phenomena, and the use of these phenomena to demonstrate the autonomy of psychic facts.

Keywords : Carl Gustav Jung; Psychic autonomy; Religious function; Christianity; Red Book.

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