Through a Jungian Lens

See new site URL –

He: Understanding Masculine Psychology – Pt 3

with 8 comments

Age of Enlightenment

Age of Enlightenment

According to tradition, there are potentially three stages of psychological development for a man. The archetypal pattern is that one goes from the unconscious perfection of childhood, to the conscious imperfection of middle life, to conscious perfection of old age. One moves from an innocent wholeness, in which the inner world and outer world are united, to a separation and differentiation between inner and outer worlds with an accompanying sense of life’s duality, and then, at last, to enlightenment – a conscious reconciliation of the inner and outer in harmonious wholeness.” [Johnson, He, p. 8]

I’m in my sixties and I would love to say that I am in the the third stage, but like most modern men, I am not there . . . yet. I left the first stage too early and perhaps that is the source of my hanging around in the second stage so long. Perhaps the third stage is not reached by most men in the modern world; perhaps it hasn’t happened in many cultures over the millenia of human existence. I am not so sure as to make this a statement of fact. Buddhism makes me think twice.



Written by Robert G. Longpré

March 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

8 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. my reflection is that you are in the midst of cooking it!
    Reading your thoughts is a trailblazer for me at 56!

    Bob cvetkovic

    March 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    • Ha ha ha – Hopefully if the fires get too hot in this cooking process, you will get advance notice to retreat and stay safe.


      March 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  2. I seldom meet any man in a ‘good’ stage III – I wonder if once upon it was more so, or this is merely an ideal, seldom obtained ?


    March 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    • They are rare, good doctor. I doubt that many “got there” but rather suffered the process as penance for the compromises and sins of the middle stage. Lots to think about. Thanks.


      March 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  3. Here’s an article you may find interesting in your process on masculinity –


    March 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    • Thanks, Dr. Urspo. 🙂 I somehow think that there will be something to bring here from “The Art Of Manliness.”


      March 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  4. Dear Robert,
    Thank you for this Post.
    I think that I can understand when Dr. Urspo mentions that he seldom meet any man in a ‘good’ stage III in his practise.

    I think, that in approaching the so called Stage III, it can mean that it is about receiving so much new experiences, but when reconsidered, each new experience points to the fact that in the fore last experience one thinks to know “something”, but then with the last experience coming up, one has to admit, that one knows “nothing”.
    I think that when experiencing tpapproach Stage III in a correct manner one is “assured” that there is no limit, no end.

    Opa Bear

    March 6, 2013 at 5:29 am

    • Yes, and it goes on and on into the depths of, and breadth of, and the heights of the collective human psyche within which we each find ourselves as but one face emerging from the shadows.


      March 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: