Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds

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Depth Psychology and Integrity

  • F. Christopher ReynoldsAffiliated withBerea Public Schools, Berea Email author 
  • , Jane PiirtoAffiliated withSchar College of Education, Ashland University Email author 

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Investigators of depth psychology turn studies of the psyche toward the unconscious, believing that the ego consciousness typically receives excessive emphasis. When depth psychology is applied to high ability and creativity, often-hidden aspects of human ability come to the fore. These include notions of the collective unconscious, the transcendence of the psyche, the presence of archetypes, unbidden, positive inspiration, and the darker side of human nature. Consequently, the gifts of bright, creative people can be both blessing and poison, and can have strong influences on moral–ethical issues. Educational implications include more attention to inspiration in the arts and the search for inner truth.