Desire and one-sidedness: extroversion’s enemies within, introversion’s enemies without

Gildersleeve, Matthew (2018) Desire and one-sidedness: extroversion’s enemies within, introversion’s enemies without. Agathos, 9 (1). pp. 165-210. ISSN 2069-1025

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This article will provide a thorough Lacanian and Heideggerian analysis of Jung’s 1923 book Psychological Types. In particular, this article will demonstrate how one-sidedness of introversion or extraversion leads an analysand to experience the obstructiveness of a complex. I will use my past writing, which integrated Žižek’s interpretation of Lacan with my Heideggerian interpretation of Jung to show why this one-sidedness leads to the obstructiveness of a complex. In contrast, an analysand adheres to ‘the ethics of psychoanalysis’ when there is not an one-sidedness of introversion or extraversion. This can be simplified by noting that introverts neglect the desire of the Other compared to the extrovert who neglects acting 'in conformity with the desire that is in you'. I aim to show that a balance is required between introversion and extroversion for the analysand to be at ‘home in the world’ and this can be restored with a unification of opposites through Jung’s transcendent function.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © CC BY NC 2018.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 04:53
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jung, Lacan, Heidegger, Žižek, desire, introversion, extroversion
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500320 Psychoanalytic philosophy

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