INDIVIDUATION

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  1. Hopefully this post doesn’t sound too strange, but could there any Jungian analysts in the U.S. that can provide psychological evaluations for courts in order to reasonably determine whether or not a natural person is “individuating”?

    I ask the question because I’m an attorney interested in John Locke’s (1632-1704) influence on the framers of the U.S. Constitution, an influence which I believe caused the framers to create two classes of taxation … in order to kind of secretly induce the eradication of slavery in the 1860’s, but which influence also continues to strongly affect the balance between collective and individual rights in the U.S. today.

    One such class of taxation is expressed as “direct” within the Constitution and is subject to strict proportionality requirements, and the other class is “indirect,” which is much easier for the government to impose.

    This is potentially an important legal issue in the U.S. because the labor or “psychic energy” of some “natural persons” (as defined by Locke) may be entitled to certain property rights under the Constitution’s direct-class category, and therefore be exempt from being classified as taxable “income.”

    John Locke defined a natural person similar to how Jung describes a person who was individuating, or in other words, similar to someone who was beginning to experience a Self that was becoming conscious of a lesser lower-case ‘self.’

    Locke’s definition of a natural person is: “a thinking intelligent being that has reason and reflection and can consider itself as itself, the same thinking thing in different times and places; which it does only by that consciousness which is inseparable from thinking and, as it seems to me, essential to it;” Essay on Human Understanding, Book 2, Chapter 27, Section 9.

    Jungian forensic psychologists would be needed, in my opinion, not so much to prove to courts that a property right in one’s labor or psychic energy actually exists, but more to assure all parties to the claim that the claimant fully understands what he/she is doing.


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