1st Edition

The Paradoxical Meeting of Depth Psychology and Physics Reflections on the Unification of Psyche and Matter

By Robert S. Matthews Copyright 2022
    170 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book unites the worlds of physics and depth psychology through analysis of carefully selected existing and new dream materials. Their interpretation by Matthews provides fertile ground for the unifying of the extreme opposites of psyche and matter and forms a continuation of the deep dialogue between acclaimed psychologist Carl Jung and Nobel physicist Wolfgang Pauli.

    What emerges is an individuation process where inner and outer worlds are intertwined through a succession of dream images, culminating with that of the ring i, the mathematical function at the heart of quantum physics. This mysterious function unites wave and particle and symbolically carries the quality of paradox. The occurrence of the ring i in Pauli’s and the author’s dreams suggests paradox is a necessary psychological state to experience a living union between psyche and matter. Analysis of accompanying materials further indicates the arising of a new world view where inner and outer, mind and matter, may again be seen as a unified whole. 

    This book is an engaging read for academics and researchers in the field of Jungian psychology and will appeal to those interested in the novel application of quantum physics to philosophy, psychology and spirituality.

    1 The Ordering Role of Mathematics

    When Priests were Mathematicians

    End of the Correspondence Principle

    Return of the Correspondence Principle

    2 The Creative Source of the Inner and Outer Worlds

    The Inner World

    The Outer World

    A Concluding Dream

    3 Mathematics of the Ring i

    The Unbounded Three

    The Bounded Four

    4 Complementarity and Paradox in Quantum Physics

    The Quantum Quaternio

    The Copenhagen Interpretation

    5 Complementarity and Paradox in Analytical Psychology

    The Just View of Paradox

    Pauli’s Paradoxical Attitude

    6 Pauli and the Ring i

    You Know What Rotation Is!

    The H-Atom and the Four Eggs that are One

    Seeking the Unity of Inner and Outer

    7 Pauli’s Fantasy of Die Klavierstunde

    The Ring i as a Symbol of Wholeness

    The Unus Mundus as Third Stage of the Coniunctio

    8 The Ring i as Rotating Mandala

    The Paradoxical Mandalic Attitude

    Blue Tongue Lizard

    9 Dance of the Three and the Four

    Dance of the Diagonals

    The Three and the Four Remain a Problem

    10 In Conclusion - Resolving the Split World View

    Unus Mundus is the Mirror

    The Impossible Centre of the Ring i

    List of figures





    Robert S. Matthews is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide, Australia and a Swiss trained Jungian analyst.