The phenomenology and ontology of complexes

Gildersleeve, Matthew (2016) The phenomenology and ontology of complexes. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 217. pp. 967-976.

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The purpose of this article is to illustrate the congruency between the work of philosopher Martin Heidegger and psychologist Carl Jung. Specifically, this article will focus on providing a phenomenological description of Jung’s complex theory with the use of Heidegger’s ontology. In addition, this article will demonstrate how a Daseinsanalytic description of narcissism is significantly elucidating when read with a phenomenological understanding of complexes. In particular, this article argues that
the meaning of a complex is phenomenologically disclosed when Dasein’s world is conspicuously experienced as unready to hand and 'not-being-at-home'. In the experience of a complex, angst, conscience and guilt are saliently disclosed in a moment of conspicuous obstructiveness and obstinacy, which results in the ready to- hand losing its readiness-to-hand in a certain way. The authentic and inauthentic understanding of the meaning of complexes as a consequence of this moment will be described and related to Jung’s psychoanalysis.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 23:57
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 23:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jung, psychoanalysis, complexes, phenomenology, Heidegger, Daseinsanalysis
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500310 Phenomenology
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500320 Psychoanalytic philosophy
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