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Conscience as the voice of God: A jungian view

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Archetypal psychology proposes a genetic basis for experiencing conscience as the Voice of God. Human beings are predisposed to submit themselves to parental directives, but they are also predisposed to submit themselves to some higher, spiritual law. True conscience differs from the Freudian superego in that it sometimes directs one to disobey the prevailing moral code.

From the unconscious spring the basest motives and also the noblest motives. The religious person gives careful attention to both. It is difficult but not always impossible to distinguish true conscience from subtle self-deceit.

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Gates, L. Conscience as the voice of God: A jungian view. J Relig Health 31, 281–286 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00981230

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Keywords

  • Genetic Basis
  • Careful Attention
  • Base Motive
  • Moral Code
  • Parental Directive