The Distortion of Contemporary Man: Jung's Interpretation of Picasso's life and His Art Works to Symbolize the Detachment of Contemporary Man from His Inner Self

Ms. Monir Saleh
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Modernity is brilliant by nature, but beside its advantages, the harmful impact of modernism has engendered a devastating split in the integrated self of contemporary man. By separating from the origin, and complete engagement with the outside world, the unconscious identity of new man is brutally taken away from him. He no longer has vision to see that his whole being is shattered and his conscious life is not harmonized with his true nature. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Jung foresaw, and Picasso, through his art works, exhibited this annihilating separation. Jung analyzed Picasso's personality through his artistic works, and manifested that detachment from maternal entities, original self, and universal collectivity are significant indications of self-disintegration leading to psychic imbalance. This separation has initiated obstructions for the light side of his nature, and has provided circumstances for powerful ruling of shadows upon his complete whole. Picasso undertook a lifetime struggle to conquer the shadows, reunify his fractured personality, and achieve his individuation. Modern man, by possessing a rich source of internal energy and by having shared archetypal legacy with other men in his collective universe, can find ways to integrate within, and have a peaceful merge with his fellow human beings.

Keywords: Contemporary Man, Modern Civilization I, Individuation, Jung, Picasso, Self, Inner Self, Detachment, Archetype(Universal Society)
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Ms. Monir Saleh

Ph.D Student, School of Arts and Humanities. University of Texas at Dallas, USA., Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (Associate Professor)

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