Blok and Jung: the Inflation of the Ego (“Verses about the Beautiful 
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Błok i Jung: inflacja ego („Wiersze o Przepięknej Pani”)
Blok and Jung: the Inflation of the Ego (“Verses about the Beautiful Lady”)

Author(s): Izabella Malej
Subject(s): History, Social Sciences, Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Blok; Jung; ego inflation; Anima archetype; numinous

Summary/Abstract: According to depth psychology, whose pioneer is C.G. Jung, inflation is anemotional state, most often triggered by a dream, manifested by an increase insexual urge, a feeling of higher energy, power and fascination. Ego inflationcan have a dual effect on the individual who experiences it: positive, which isassociated with the possibility of establishing contact with archetypes as elementsof the collective unconscious, and negative, leading to a sense of possession.In both cases, which often occur together, the key to understanding this uniquestate of psychic energy is contact with symbols, previously latent in the psychicgenotype. In the creative process, as well as in crucial moments of life, the egoacquires the special privilege of insight into the unrecognised realms of theunconscious, which leads to a kind of emotional explosion, a feeling of ecstasy.The ego of the creator, stunned by new possibilities and filled with psychic energy,undergoes excessive growth, “swelling”. Carl Jung calls this state being possessed by the unconscious complex. In the case of Alexander Blok, one can speak of beingpossessed by the archetype of the Eternal Feminine – Anima, which is proven inthe cycle Verses About the Beautiful Lady (1901–1902). The symbol of the BeautifulLady unites within its archetypal structure various kinds of psychologicaloppositions (consciousness and unconsciousness, inner woman and inner man,ecstasy and fear). The Beautiful Lady as the numinous element of the poet’spsychic structure acquires the status of an energetic dominant or the centre ofthe unconscious.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 109-134
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Polish
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