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Profiling the Oppo-Appeals in the Match-Up of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) March 6, 2016: The results of more presidential primaries have now come in. At the present time, it appears that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on track to emerge as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2016 and that Donald J. Trump is on track to emerge as the Republican Party's candidate.

As a follow up to my recent OEN review essay "Three Cheers for Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette's 1990 Book: Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!" (dated February 28, 2016), I propose to undertake now a discussion of the two front-running contestants for the 2016 presidential election at the present time.

But first I should review certain points, which should save you from the trouble of looking at my earlier OEN piece (in case you don't remember it).

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According to the Jungian theorist and psychotherapist Robert L. Moore of the Chicago Theological Seminary, each of the four masculine archetypes of maturity involves one optimal form, but two "shadow" forms.

Moore also claims that there are four parallel feminine archetypes of maturity, each of which also involves one optimal form but two "shadow" forms. In addition, he claims that each human person comes equipped with both sets of archetypes of maturity in his or her psyche. As a result, optimal recovery involves recovering from all "shadow" forms of all eight archetypes of maturity.

According to Moore, it is an achievement for a person to learn how to access the optimal form of one of the eight archetypes of maturity. "Hey Mom, look at me. I've learned how to access the optimal form of one of the eight archetypes of maturity. One down, seven to go."

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As a result of psychological traumatization, all of us have experienced archetypal wounding, which locks us into "shadow" forms of the archetypes of maturity. According to Anthony Stevens, archetypal wounding requires archetypal healing. Archetypal healing frees us from "shadow" forms and enables us to experience optimal forms of the archetypes instead.

Concerning Jung's thought about the masculine and the feminine archetypes in the human psyche, see my essay "Understanding Jung's Thought" that is available at http://hdl.handle.net/10792/2576.

Next, as part of my present review of my earlier piece, I am going to list here profiles of all the different combinations of "shadow" forms of the four masculine and the four feminine archetypes of maturity that all men and all women have in their psyches, using Moore's colorful terminology.

"Shadow" Profile A

(1) The Royal Archetype "Shadow" Form: The Tyrant King/Queen.

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(2) The Warrior/Knight Archetype "Shadow" Form: The Sadist Warrior.

(3) The Magician/Shaman Archetype "Shadow" Form: The Detached Manipulator Magician.

(4) The Lover Archetype "Shadow" Form: The Addicted Lover.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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