Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the by Robert A. Johnson

By Robert A. Johnson

A bestselling writer indicates how we will reclaim and make peace with the "shadow" aspect of our character.

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Experience consists of inferiora and superiora, founding objects and founded objects - that is, sensations and structures. The latter are tied to the former by logical necessity, in the sense that they cannot exist without their relative inferiora. Accordingly, in Meinong's view, the whole depends on the parts; but it should be added that the joint presence of the inferiora in consciousness is not sufficient to give rise to superiora; there must simultaneously be a consciousness of their joint presence.

40 PAOLO BOZZI There is also a factor of 'good form'. In the following example we may, in theory, see three enclosed and somehow coordinated areas. Instead, however, we see the overlapping of two squares: two symmetrical objects rather than three irregular polygons. Past experience may also be influential, albeit relatively rarely, in the organization of perceptive material into units. For instance, experience of the Roman alphabet greatly helps one to see the letters M and W superimposed in the following pattern, because continuity of direction and closure are factors which prevail over the weak action of past experience: As already mentioned, some ofthese factors had been identified years earlier by G.

This 'good conduct' is based on the Gestalt law of 'proximity', which we shall meet later when discussing Wertheimer. All the most significant psychologists in the Gestalt school were, moreover, good or excellent musicians who were genuinely interested in musical theory. Returning to Mach: he demonstrated the existence of a sensation of equality of rhythm with the same technique that he had used previously in analysis of visual shapes: the presentation of two sequences of entirely different notes but possessing the same rhythmic structure.

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