Have you expanded on your points regarding Jung in other places?
I am fascinated by the above tidbits [post #138], as they have rough parallels to my own experience with Jung.
I did some expanding on Old Atlantis, the files of which are no longer publicly available. I don't think I've said much of anything about the subject here. I have personal files from Old Atlantis, but not where they're easy to search. Maybe, the subject having come up, memories will start to percolate and I can write something from scratch. It was 30 years ago that the Jung cataclysm in my life happened, so it isn't exactly "fresh" to current consciousness.
Stay tuned. I'll start a separate thread if the muse complies (but never count on the muse, a tricky creature).
If I try to tell this well, I'll likely not tell it, since I haven't much strength or time for sitting at a computer.
So I'll just get on with it, more or less as the story comes.
The subject of Jung has much relevance to an issue which keeps coming up here -- concerning Rand on "tabula rasa."
Man is born tabula rasa, Rand said. Man is not born tabula rasa, Jung said.
They didn't mean the same thing, at least if one takes Rand's earlier formulation which focused on the lack of innate ideas. Jung was not proposing a theory of innate ideas, and he became irritated by people's confusing his archetypal theory with a theory of innate ideas. He was talking about native dispositions and themes of the psyche. Jung, not Freud, was the clinical ancestor of evolutionary psychology.
Possibly the earliest of the observations which eventually led to my interest in Jung was that of the respective characteristics of different infants, starting with human ones, my brothers and sisters.
I was the oldest of six children. The susequent line-up was a sister about 5-1/2 years younger, two brothers, born almost a year apart to the day, one on August 3rd, the other on August 4th, about 6-3/4 and 7-3/4 years younger, then a gap before the second sister, about 10-1/2 years younger, then the last brother, about 12-3/4 years younger, born in mid-August.
The two intermediate brothers, in the early '70s, almost a year apart, committed suicide. The family drama leading to that result was relevant to my views on psychology, and I had intimations of troubles, a sense of danger to my brothers and sisters, from not long after the oldest of my three brothers was born.
Meanwhile, I'd already noticed that each of the three siblings born by them -- and I -- seemed to practically "come out of the chute" with personality characteristics. I thought the same about the two subsequent babies, and by then I had some amount of experience with neonate pets. I had more of that when I was in high school, horse and kitten births, and again noticed that each foal or kitten had what seemed to me from-birth "personality" characteristics.
In my own case, I had a sunny disposition -- I was a very happy child -- and an enormous sense of curiosity. And a big desire for a horse.
I seemed to myself to have been born wanting a horse. I'm joking a bit there. I must have acquired the desire at some early point, but I don't remember when, and my mother wasn't helpful upon my questioning her, in my high school years, about the onset of the horse desire.
"I think your first word was 'Horse?,'" she said. "As in, 'Can I have a horse now?'"
I was definitely already asking for a horse by the time I could manage beginning reading. My earliest reading included stories and informational books about horses -- while I awaited the day, which didn't come until my freshman year of high school, when I got a horse (the first of what ended up being several horses).
To be continued.