Jung was spot on re Brexit

C.G.Jung mistrusted “the crowd”.

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The great British public’s vote is ample evidence of why Jung was spot on. Notwithstanding the reasoned views of a small minority of leave campaigners, the process of referendum has paradoxically undermined democracy and afforded a dangerous victory to the baying crowd of hateful, latent xenophobes. Thank goodness there is no referendum planned for abortion or capital punishment… yet.

This is what he said:
“A group experience takes place on a lower level of consciousness than the experience of an individual. This is due to the fact that, when many people gather together to share one common emotion, the total psyche emerging from the group is below the level of the individual psyche. If it is a very large group, the collective psyche will be more like the psyche of an animal, which is the reason why the ethical attitude of large organizations is always doubtful. The psychology of a large crowd inevitably sinks to the level of mob psychology. If, therefore, I have a so-called collective experience as a member of a group, it takes place on a lower level of consciousness than if I had the experience by myself alone.”

Published by Simon Purcell

Jazz pianist and educator, International Professor of Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, formerly Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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