Overcoming the Amygdala Part 62


Now that it has been pointed out that anxieties from which we suffer could be the result of our internal projections onto the external world, the struggle becomes to turn inward and to try to peer into that shifting, elusive universe that we normally only glimpse in dreams.

When an individual starts off on this quest, it can seem extremely difficult, akin not so much to finding a needle in a haystack as looking for a candle by its light on a sunlit day. It can take a while before a person realises that this projection of the inner world onto the outer is not something that happens piecemeal or intermittently and has to be sought out as a singular action: it is happening constantly and universally. It’s part of what makes us human.

Jung defines ‘projection’ as an automatic process whereby the contents of one’s own unconscious are perceived to be in others. The process of detecting our own projections becomes reversed, as Jung says in General Aspects of Dream Psychology: