Again, there was an enantiodromia. Melchior escapes from the asylum. He himself is a dead old man, which means that the problem is not solved but is again postponed, because if a solution is described as taking place after death, it means that conscious means for realization have not yet been found in this reality. That is why, in Christianity, victory over evil and the union of the opposites are projected into the time after the Day of Judgment. Paradise comes after death. In Faust , Faust finds redemption after death, and in The Kingdom Without Space , the solution is again projected into after death.
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Jung comments:. I no longer seek the cause of a neurosis in the past, but in the present. I ask, what is the necessary task which the patient will not accomplish?
BUT The one thing dreaded throughout by such a type of man is to be bound to anything whatever. His lot is seldom what he really wants and one day he will do something about it — but not just yet. Plans for the future slip away in fantasies of what will be, what could be, while no decisive action is taken to change. He covets independence and freedom, chafes at boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable. Common symptoms of puer psychology are dream images of being fettered or fenced in, or imprisoned.
Life itself, existential reality, is experienced as a prison. The bars and chains are unconscious constraints and ties to the unfettered world of early life. Emotional honesty is needed, as the highest value, which gives life and meaning has got lost. And the puer aeternus or puella generally has the charm, enthusiasm and exuberance of youth, often creative and inclined to spiritual values. More lecture topics at Lectures and Publications.
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The Problem of the Puer Aeternus
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Lecture: The Puer Aeternus
Puer aeternus sometimes shortened to puer , Latin for "eternal boy," in mythology is a child-god who is forever young. In psychology, it is an older person whose emotional life has remained at an adolescent level, which is also known as Peter Pan syndrome. The puer typically leads a provisional life due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. He or she covets independence and freedom, opposes boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable. In the poem, Ovid addresses the child-god Iacchus as puer aeternus and praises him for his role in the Eleusinian mysteries. Iacchus is later identified with the gods Dionysus and Eros. The puer is a god of vegetation and resurrection, the god of divine youth, such as Tammuz , Attis , and Adonis.