Desacralizing Life and Its Mystery: The Jonah Complex Revisited

Volume
Volume 10
Issue
Summer 1982
Title
Desacralizing Life and Its Mystery: The Jonah Complex Revisited
Abstract

This paper reexamines the psychological conditions giving rise to the temptation to run away from social responsibilities and personal growth (the â"œJonah complex"€). Abraham Maslow is here criticized for his self-actualization theory and his narrow interpretation of the Jonah complex. He sees the latter as a fear of God-like possibilities in ourselves but does not connect it to a rejection of the universal moral imperative to love and respect all that lives. It is argued that what lies at the roots of the Jonah Complex are two basic psychological prods: The first is the fear of death, and the second is the desacralization of life and the trivialization of its meaning.

Author
Dr. P.E. Lacacque
Pages
113 - 119
Price
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