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Syndetic Paradigm, The

The Untrodden Path Beyond Freud and Jung

Robert Aziz

Publication Year: 2007

In The Syndetic Paradigm, Robert Aziz argues that the Jungian Paradigm is a deeply flawed theoretical model that falls short of its promise. Aziz offers in its stead what he calls the Syndetic Paradigm. In contrast to the Jungian Paradigm, the Syndetic Paradigm takes the critical theoretical step of moving from a closed-system model of a self-regulatory psyche to an open-system model of a psyche in a self-organizing totality. The Syndetic Paradigm, in this regard, holds that all of life is bound together in a highly complex whole through an ongoing process of spontaneous self-organization. The new theoretical model that emerges in Aziz’s work, while taking up the fundamental concerns of its Freudian and Jungian predecessors with psychology, ethics, spirituality, sexuality, politics, and culture, conducts us to an experience of meaning that altogether exceeds their respective bounds.

Published by: State University of New York Press

THE SYNDETIC PARADIGM

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-22

For those individuals, especially Jungian adherents, who experienced in my first book, C. G. Jung’s Psychology of Religion and Synchronicity,1 a championing of the Jungian position, coming to terms with the direction of this book will be no easy task, if it is at all possible to do. I am led to say this not only because of what I have come to understand about paradigmatic entrenchment...

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1. SELF-ORGANIZING NATURE

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pp. 23-76

In contrast to the conflict model of the Freudian Paradigm in which the struggle between the conscious and unconscious is ongoing and as such experiences no respite but that which comes through the intervention of the ego, within the Jungian Paradigm, the psyche as a total system is regarded as being self-regulating. The psyche, according to the assumptions of the Jungian Paradigm...

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2. NATURE’S INTRINSIC MORALITY

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pp. 77-120

Given the intricacies of the arguments to be studied in this section, we will need to follow a different format than we have used to date. Our approach up to this point has been to present the respective positions of the Jungian and Syndetic Paradigms successively. What we, however, now need to do is to examine the two paradigmatic positions concurrently...

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3. SEXUAL ALCHEMY

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pp. 121-194

In Western culture, discussions about human sexuality generally stay within the parameters of what we might characterize as the morality/ amorality polarity. This is to say, they are either conducted with reference to collective moral ideals or they are conducted without reference to morality at all. In the case of the former, what we have in the main been given...

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4. THE EMPTY MANDALA

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pp. 195-294

The 1930s marked Jung’s most prolific period of writing on the psychology of religion. Indeed it was out of the essays of that decade that that which would come to constitute the core of Jung’s theorizing about the psychology of religion emerged in the form of four salient themes. Those themes, presented in no particular order, are as follows...

NOTES

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pp. 295-308

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 309-314

INDEX

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pp. 315-322


E-ISBN-13: 9780791480618
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791469811
Print-ISBN-10: 0791469816

Page Count: 332
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Series Editor Byline: Richard D. Mann

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Subject Headings

  • Psychoanalysis.
  • Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939.
  • Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961.
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