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Sorge, G.V. (2020). The Theory of the ‘Mana Personality’ in Jung's Works: A Historic-Hermeneutic Perspective. Part II. J. Anal. Psychol., 65(3):519-537.

(2020). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 65(3):519-537

The Theory of the ‘Mana Personality’ in Jung's Works: A Historic-Hermeneutic Perspective. Part II

Giovanni V.R. Sorge, Ph.D.

This is the second part of an article that tries to provide a framework of understanding of, and a seminal reflection on, a highly interesting yet little explored psychological construct of Jung's analytical psychology, namely the ‘mana personality’. Here I take into consideration some issues around the ‘saviour complex’, discussed in Jung's seminar on Nietzsche's Zarathustra, concerning both the psychological analysis of the individual and the socio-political level related to the collective horizon of the 1930s. Moreover, I consider the continuity of Jung's analysis of such issues in other works such as ‘Psychology and national problems’ (1936), Symbols of Transformation (1952), and Aion (1950). I finally make some suggestions concerning Jung's apparent hermeneutic tendency to apply the construct of the mana personality to collective historical phenomena.

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