The Latin term puer aeternus means eternal youth. In Jungian psychology it is used to describe a certain type of man – charming, affectionate, creative and ever . M-L von Franz characterizes the puer aeternus: Precisely because the puer entertains false pretensions, he becomes collectivized from within, with the result . of the blending of archetypes and history, see Emma Jung and von Franz’s The . Marie-Louise von Franz, in her classic study of the puer aeternus.

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Psychoanalysis has always underestimated the constitutional fraanz of human beings. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? On account of an ongoing cultural dissolution, the pueri aeterni are growing in numbers.

Had they acquired a proper understanding, they would realize that many differences of culture and human nature stand firm, contradictions and incongruities that must needs lead to destructive consequences. That is the one drawback of Jungian Psychology.

The Puer Aeternus – underminer of civilization

We are really trained to be sheep! Worldly existence, although tolerable, is permeated by strife, suffering, and decay.

Now or Neverland is a book written by Jungian analyst Ann Yeoman dealing with the puer aeternus in the form of Peter Panone of the most well-known examples of the concept in the modern era. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Sorokin says that when any socio-cultural system enters the stage of its disintegration, it first enters a phase of inner self-contradiction in the form of an irreconcilable dualism. Get to Know Us. How I stopped the advance of cognitive impairment fro The category is an informal one invoked by laypeople and some psychology professionals in popular psychology.

Share your thoughts with other customers. The way of the Cat! Golden Ass of Apuleius: Society is viewed as a huge multifarious hodge-podge that cannot be analyzed. Reflections of the Soul Reality of the Psyche Series. Perhaps a puer aeternus should try and immerse himself in the problem by leading life like a bum, moving from motel room to motel room in a thoroughly provisional existence.

On the contrary, human nature is seen as flawed, stained by original sin. Exploring the puer and puella is profound. The drones are almost like a different species, which the church managed to enclose in its garden, but which is now ascending to power.

This depiction of older women as complicated, political, caring and engaged in the world is offering a very different portrait of aging. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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In adulthood it is a feature of some, typically leftist, political impulses and ideologies which espouse xenophilia preference for alien cultures cf. Jung Institute in Zurich. At least part of the solution to the increasing numbers of Peter Pans in our midst will require changes in how we parent, teach and model adulthood. Feb 06, Angus MacCaull rated it really liked it. The satisfaction and joy that comes from mentoring is one that is little talked about in our society.


Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a paramount image in our religious tradition and one which has created something very destructive, namely, that because Christ is the shepherd and we the sheep, we have been taught by the Church that we should not think or have our own opinions, but just believe.

Back Psychology Today UK. The puer aeternus is different. Beating the Dementia Monster: My first contact with Von Franz was through documentaries and I must say, she intimidated me deeply.

The Problem of the Puer Aeternus

Refresh and try again. In fact, to acquire a foothold in the transcendental realm, the City of God, is a requirement for authentic psychological detachment and autonomy. It is time for adults to face up to these challenges and help those who are stuck betwixt and between make their way into adulthood.

The artist king, Ludwig II of Bavaria, was mentioned as a romantic young man and sick of ruling.