An Analysis of the Proverb “Walls have ears too” in the Light of Analytical Psychology and the Problem of the Walls of the City Cover Image
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Анализ на пословицата „И стените имат уши” в светлината на аналитичната психология и на проблема за стените на града
An Analysis of the Proverb “Walls have ears too” in the Light of Analytical Psychology and the Problem of the Walls of the City

Author(s): Anatol Anchev
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The author analyzes the Bulgarian proverb “The walls have ears too”, using the resources of K. G. Jung’s Analytical Psychology in order to point out that even forms of the oral folklore, which at first glance have no relation to human psyche, contain a psychological and psychopathological charge. The accent is put on the outstanding analyst’s concept of the complex and the short folklore text is examined in the aspect of the fear of complexes and their personification. In order to reveal the multifaceted content of the analyzed proverb, it is also viewed in the light of the ideas of Halbwachs about collective memory and especially about the stones of the City, having also in mind the speculations of Gadamer on history and those of Gurevich and Benyamin on culture. The author comes to the conclusion that the key word in the text is “the walls”. It is so, because the walls are a condition for breaking the peace and the psychological balance of the personality and for provoking temporary or permanent anxiety. They have sucked in the faded away voices from the near or the remote historical past, as well as the “whisper” and the “cry” of the human unconscious and bear the wisdom and the polysemy of memory and oblivion.

  • Issue Year: XXXIII/2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 95-102
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian