The faustian icarus complex

Daedalus built the labyrinth for King Minos; the story is told that Poseidon had given a white bull to Minos so that he might use it as a sacrifice.

Icarus story

During his period at Harvard, Murray sat in on lectures by Alfred North Whitehead , whose process philosophy marked his philosophical and metaphysical thinking throughout his professional career. In Psychosomatic Medicine and Bio-psychosynthesis, Assagioli states that the principal aims and tasks of psychosynthesis are: the elimination of the conflicts and obstacles and unconscious, that block the use of active techniques to stimulate the psychic functions still weak and immature. Rather than warn of their arrogance in trying to imitate human flight, we would commend their boldness. Seth Godin's The Icarus Deception points to the historical change in how Western culture both propagated and interpreted the Icarus myth arguing that "we tend to forget that Icarus was warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. He secured the feathers at their midpoints with string and at their bases with wax, gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird ; when the work was done, the artist, waving his wings, found himself buoyed upward and hung suspended, poising himself on the beaten air. But in light of the culturally tone-deaf attempts to reinvent every human process with something mechanistic—to replace corner-store communities with lobby Bodegas and elderly-care professionals with wide-eyed plastic robots—we might take a step back to consider the limits of technology, and the perils of our own hubris. In addition, psychosynthesis recognizes the process of Self-realization, of contact and response with one's deepest callings and directions in life, which can involve either or both personal and transpersonal development. Freud rejected the term " Electra complex ", introduced by Carl Gustav Jung in in his work, Theory of Psychoanalysis in regard to the Oedipus complex manifested in young girls. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before trying to escape the island, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Silicon Valley could use the same advice. Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for his son. Jung's advice to Murray concerning his personal life was to continue with both relationships.

Freud further proposed that the Oedipus complex, which refers to the sexual desire of a son for his mother, is a desire for the parent in both males and females, that boys and girls experience the complex differently: boys in a form of castration anxietygirls in a form of penis envy.

Two well-known cases are found in the speeches of Demosthenesa prominent statesman and orator in ancient Greece.

Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, so Icarus fell into the sea and drowned in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icariaan island southwest of Samos.

He compared psychosynthesis to the prevailing thinking of the day, contrasting psychosynthesis for example with existential psychology, but unlike the latter considered loneliness not to be "either ultimate or essential".

To the Greeks the Icarus complex was known as hubris, the excessive pride and ambition usually leading to the downfall of the hero in a classical tragedy.


Stage 2. But after betraying King Minos, he was himself imprisoned within its walls. Results were pooled to achieve an overall assessment. In ancient Greek, hubris referred to actions that shamed and humiliated the victim for the pleasure or gratification of the abuser; the term had a strong sexual connotation, the shame reflected upon the perpetrator as well.

He foreshadows the hero that he sometimes becomes; the "negative" side is the child-man who refuses to grow up and meet the challenges of life face on, waiting instead for his ship to come in and solve all his problems.

During his period at Harvard, Murray sat in on lectures by Alfred North Whiteheadwhose process philosophy marked his philosophical and metaphysical thinking throughout his professional career. Sometimes a person's hubris is associated with ignorance; the accusation of hubris implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in Greek mythology.

He and his son Icarus devised a plan to escape by using wings made of wax that Daedalus had invented, they escaped.

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The Faustian Complex By Kallya Valanis