This chapter explores Spiritualism by linking it to Carl Jung’s assumptions about a collective unconscious based on the archaic forms of association that archetypically recur or revert in schizophrenia and in dreams. According to Jung, “the schizophrenic complex usurps the conscious mind and, in the course of its own autodisintegration, destroys the personality.” In his inaugural dissertation and first book, On the Psychology and Pathology of So-Called Occult Phenomena, Jung addresses certain rare states of consciousness observed on the margins of the discourse on “psychopathic interiority” but admitted only as unattended by a consensus as to their significance. “These observations crop up sporadically in the literature on narcolepsy, lethargy, automatisme ambulatoire, periodic amnesia, double consciousness, somnambulism, pathological dreaminess, pathological lying, etc.” The patients thus afflicted accordingly “go through the whole gamut of diagnoses from epilepsy to hysteria and simulated insanity”.
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