Psychology and psychoanalysis
These two disciplines have for principal mission to help the individual to solve his psychological problems. They are unfortunately based on a model of the human psyche which lacks the transcendent dimension.
It would be difficult to troubleshoot such a car which we ignore it has an engine and this engine needs fuel. The mechanic would look at wheels, plump up tires, correct the direction, clean the windshield and be surprised that the car won’t start.
This is exactly the situation of psychologists who are trying to restore the functioning of psychological mechanisms, conscious and unconscious, but ignore the essential function of the transcendent dimension of the psyche.
Yet it is in this superconscious dimension that resides the power responsible for feeding the psychic engine, where it is involved at all levels in the form of impulsive energy. Deprived of this source, impulses fade, creativity withers, boredom, repetition, depression settled, the meaning of existence vanishes.
The psychologists then involved with all kinds of substitutes to compensate for the frustrations and reboot: psychotropic, listening, suggestions, voluntary behaviors, theories, mantras, relaxation, promises.
The results are often disappointing. Neither the consultants nor consulted understand the reason for this inefficiency, and continue to push the trailer in lack of engine and fuel for it to move by itself…
Carl Gustav Jung has certainly tried to bring this psychic dimension on the forefront of psychoanalysis. In contrast to Freud, or in allegiance to the zurichoise protestant ethic, he in parallel evacuated sexuality. But love is the main source of power of extrasensory faculties, thus his demeanor could only remain relatively sterile.
It was therefore urgent (nearly a century after!) to rebuild a psychological and psychoanalytical approach including the transcendent dimension, along with sexuality and other impulses belonging to the human psyche.
It is partly this fundamental symbiosis that explains the effectiveness of Evolutionary Ecopsychology because it can go back to the heart of the human machine’s « breakdowns »…