Augustine And Jung's Stages Of Madness Analysis

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Stages of madness: comparing Augustine's and Jung's views This essay examines Augustine’s Confession and Jung’s The Structure of the Psyche of the stages of madness. Jung and Augustine wrote about the stages of human life. Jung consider the stages of human development from the very childhood to old age. He drew attention to the different behavior of a person in a certain stage of his life, changing his personality and gaining consciousness. He also analyzed the problems that are typical for a person at a certain time of his life. Augustine described his life. He focused on explaining the various actions and difficult decisions that he committed at a certain stage of his life. However, both of them were concerned with crisis situations, personal…show more content…
The similarity was that both of them considered the stages of madness were in the transitional stages of human life between unconsciousness and consciousness. The difference was that Jung believed that the stages of madness are amplified because of problems arising in human life. Abundance of problems and issues leads to constant state of madness. According to Jung, the acquisition of consciousness was a linear development, then the level of consciousness was raised. Consciousness was formed from the childhood period, passing into the adolescent stage and was completed in adulthood. However, Augustine believed that the stages of madness begin after the acceptance of all the sins that a person has done throughout his life. But despite this, Augustine has nonlinear development of consciousness. He believed that from consciousness it is easy to get back to unconsciousness, because temptation and lust make people do rash misconduct. Therefore, the stages of madness will last until a person regains peace in his soul. These are the differences and similarities between the views of Augustine and Jung, which show the stages of madness in people's
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