Carl puts an end to the soothing bubble

Carl Gustav
Jung, a brilliant mind who created a lot of great psychological concepts also
provided a deep layer description on stages of life. According to Carl Jung
there are 4 stages of life. “Childhood”, “Adulthood”, “Mid-life” and “Elderly
Life” also known as “Stage of Wisdom”. Every stage has its purpose and every
individual encounters each of those stages throughout their life. But how are
they different from each other what similarities they share? Let’s find out.

Childhood
Stage – also known as early childhood is the most care free and unconscious
stage of life. Usually baby cannot handle his emotions, one moment he can laugh
the next he can burst on crying because he has no consciousness at all. Much
like a temporary psychopathy this phase is since the child functions primarily
based on senses and unconditional urges also known as a primitive stage. Childhood
is often problem-free, for the kid has everything on his parents shoulder. In
this phase the mind is under construction, acclimating itself to the real
world. From the minute he’s born, the body and mind of the child are trying to
develop into a more robust structure to cope with what is to come. However Adulthood
forces child to encounter new problems and pushes him from his comfort zone.
Adulthood has a transition stage also known as “dualistic phase” which comes
right after the child has developed an ego, a self-image. Unlike childhood
stage where a baby doesn’t even feel like he actually exists. The main reason
is, ego which is the “I”, also as an island of memory, an object in
consciousness, is still undeveloped. However, even after the child has
developed that self-image he still has zero personal troubles. Conversely, the
dualistic phase refers to a point where problems at last gain access to that
inner world of the child. Now he can entertain a problem, is subject to imbalance,
and negative emotions are processed deeply. 
Dualistic phase thus is the age of puberty.

With
numerous demands the dawn of adulthood puts an end to the soothing bubble of
childhood. This is the stage of youth where the person is subject to be phased
by the most problems contrasted with prior and subsequent phases. In this
period the majority of the psychological tension is due to the use of fantasy;
recurrent attempts to escape reality, namely false assumptions. Example:
placing at stake loads of money in an uncertain business endeavor. Assuming
success without an elaborate plan and plan “B”. Another is exaggerated
optimism: expecting a mood boost if something is to happen, or, not happen;
anticipating things to be harder, easier; basically any attempt to bend reality
to suit one’s expectation thereof, kindle psychic unease when things go awry.
Also there are other triggers of tension aside presuppositions. The unsatisfied
sexual impulse is major one. Not being exposed to the opposite sexual energy
for a period can bring about frustration to some. The second tension creator of
the same internal nature is feeling of inferiority, of defenselessness which
stems from a hyper sensitive character. Maybe the child has never seen
rejection growing up; was cajoled all throughout, ended up in adult life with
heightened dependence, which says weakness. So that being said this stage is
also often called “Unbearable stage”. Sometimes a person who is deep in
Adulthood stage experiences a subconscious cry back to childhood. A time where
we depend on someone else and thus no fear of making decisions, hence
mistakes.  The person in spite of being
an adult is subconsciously rejecting the burden of independence. This
unconscious rejection manifests as behavioral symptoms, the ones I mentioned
above, like the incessant use of assumptions, expectations, withdrawal from
fearful situations and opportunities, a feeling of being defenseless in the
world, dependence on others. All these symptoms signal a form of escapism from
the unbearable duties of adulthood and an attempt to control reality. Often
because we go unprepared and that this happens. We turn out to have aged well
only physiologically. Our level of consciousness however, is stuck in that of a
child; in that egoistic phase in which we once were the center of the play, ad
absolute control, and commanded parents with a finger-tip. “Something in us
wishes to remain a child; to be unconscious, or at most, conscious only of the
ego; to reject everything foreign, or at least subject it to our will; to do
nothing, or in any case indulge our own craving for pleasure or power.” What is
it that helps us to mature better psychologically? Before we answer those
questions we need to know why we must strive for a higher level of consciousness
in the first place. Psychic expansion implies a better ability at solving
complex problems in real life; to swiftly extract meaning from an ambiguous
philosophy, enhanced social skill and better understanding of the world
overall.

Nevertheless
Mid-life stage changes perception of a person and he’s often tries to strive
towards higher level of consciousness in order to avoid getting stuck in
childhood level of consciousness.

However
Mid-life stage likewise Adulthood stage is a phase of development and personal
achievements. “Achievement, usefulness and so forth are the ideals which appear
to guide us out of the confusion of crowding problems. They may be our
lode-stars in the adventure of extending and solidifying our psychic
existences- they may help us in striking our roots in the world; but they
cannot guide us in the development of that wider consciousness to which we give
the name of culture” In this quote he’s sort of alluding that accomplishment in
general is not a bad thing, but that only certain types of experiences are what
helps us gain higher consciousness. As far as my understanding goes, these
experiences are which involve high levels of ambiguity, novelty and
uncertainty. He did not illustrate them plainly but from what I understood, striving
to understand more complex insights from philosophical books for instance.
Challenging oneself mentally, physically. Aspiring what makes us tremble,
learning to welcome the unknown, seek out new experiences, for uncertainty
constrains us to think outside the box, which translates into better problem
solving. And the better to solve the world the further able we are to grasp
more of it. This is higher consciousness in a sentence

Old age
however seems opposite to all the previous stages, in that the process of
development ceases, and our energy diminishes. If old age is not about
continuing the process of development triggered since childhood, then what is
its purpose? So obvious it’s a period of decadence; weakness of the mind, and
slowness of the body. But there must be significance behind it. In observing
statistics Jung had recognized a pattern. An increase in depressive episodes in
people between thirty-five and forty. These frequent depressions he said,
signal a significant change in the human psyche. Something is happening in the
unconscious, preparation of some sort, a transition to the final stage of life.
Jung also observed that many resist the approaching of old age some people call
that “mid-life crisis”. And even as elders they despise their current state and
keep on speaking of their youthful conquests and doings. Those are who resent
the young for their pleasures and vigor. “Many old people prefer to be
hypochondriacs, niggards, doctrinaires, applauders of the past or eternal a
dolescents all lamentable substitutes for the illumination of the self, but
inevitable consequences of the delusion that the second half of life must be
governed by the principles of the first.”

To prevent
any psychic disorders in late life, one must welcome old age with open arms,
support and surround oneself with, instead of resent the young. Further it’s
vital to acknowledge that how is the time to rest and take care of oneself,
especially in extreme old age. Do not be fooled into carrying the idea that
you’re going to maintain the same energy levels of youth as an old man. This
can mean that the youth period is your only chance to build oneself and one’s
empire; health, wealth and good relationships, for you won’t be that motivated
to do so in your 50’s.

In
conclusion, as I’ve mentioned every stage of life has a specific purpose. And
if you happen to live one or each of them in the wrong way, the next phase will
be strenuous, and perhaps would bring about psychological issues. It would be
great to learn how to live every stage well and exploit your potential to the
fullest in your twenties and early thirties, so to stabilize your psychology in
your forties and fifties. Unfortunately it sounds good in theory but in real
life every stage could flow either way.

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