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Some insight into insight - Elena's Journal
Some insight into insight
I thought this article was really interesting and insightful. It makes a lot of sense to me and honestly just rationalizes the use of mediums like Tarot and Astrology more to me, but with a more realistic bent. I think that religion and spirituality may also fulfill these same processes.

The Psychodynamics Of Tarot Imagery

The belief that the Tarot works, in the mystical fortunetelling sense, rests on the postulate that we all create our own realities and hence our own destinies - this philosophy similar in many respects to that professed by Reality Therapy proponents. In a traditional Tarot spread, the final outcome card is believed to be mystically determined by all the preceding cards, which represent attitudes, emotions, thoughts, or circumstances surrounding an issue - and already known by the client, at some level of awareness. Therefore, doing a reading is somewhat like feeding all known information into a computer (in this case the subconscious mind) and tabulating or processing the most likely outcome, relative to that information...

Projective technique is based on the Freudian-Jungian assumption of subconscious mental activity within an unconscious part of the psyche, where memories and desires are kept hidden - not directly accessible to consciousness because of ego restraints. They believed the contents of the unconscious may only be brought into consciousness through the removal of these ego defenses...

This would indicate that sick behavior on the conscious level is mirrored by a sick unconscious. In our search for well-being there is a tendency to search outside ourselves for answers. We are bombarded with media information and popular opinion that cannot be effectively integrated, resulting in a sense of alienation and hopelessness in many. ... Exploring the unconscious is necessary... requiring a special approach designed to safely elicit repressed material.

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noneuklid From: noneuklid Date: January 15th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be a metaphysical theory of philosophy, not a scientific one. This is the new age of religion.
elena From: elena Date: January 15th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok? i labeled it as neither.
noneuklid From: noneuklid Date: January 15th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
No -- it's the language the quote is using that prompted that. They're trying to pass off religious concepts like Jungian psychology and the idea of multiple realities as something other than mysticism (by suggesting there's a contrast between 'mystical fortunetelling' and 'reality theory'). The language is subversive; throwing science/technology references, like "theory," but also including the computer analogy, "subconscious" and "repressed material," at the reader. I'm not bothered by what it's saying, but I am bothered by how it's going about it. It manages to simultaneously promote misunderstandings about computers and the Tarot, which is quite a feat.
elena From: elena Date: January 15th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I always take into account that lots of people who think they are really important try to find the most complex language possible through which to discuss their work. Not only does it make whatever they write longer, but it makes it seem like they are more intelligent than thou.

So, if this ISN'T a good way to explain it, tell me a way that is :)
noneuklid From: noneuklid Date: January 15th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Tarot is a bunch of pretty pictures and humans are really good at figuring out connections between things, but sometimes they need jumper cables.

...That may be a tad over simplified, come to think of it. It's entirely possible that humans are too good at making connections, which is why it's so easy to misuse the Tarot. It's like conspiracy theories.
elena From: elena Date: January 15th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
That doesn't seem too different from what this person is saying.
noneuklid From: noneuklid Date: January 15th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not that different -- like I said, I don't have a problem with what they're saying so much as how they're saying it. The difference is (to me, anyway) I said it without needing to imply that the Tarot predicts the future through dimension shifting*, or that computers work anything like the human subconscious.

* But that would make an awesome premise for a sci-fi story. Actually, it sounds a lot like Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, come to think of it...
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