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Robert Moore's Theory About the Structure of the Psyche (Review Essay)

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) July 18, 2011: Robert Moore of the Chicago Theological Seminary has worked up a Jungian structural account of the human psyche. If somebody else has formulated a competing account of the human psyche that is as comprehensive as his account, I am not familiar with that competing account. But let's consider two famous accounts of the human psyche or soul.

 

In Plato's dialogues the Republic and the Phaedrus, we learn about a three-part account of the human psyche or soul:

 

(1) the rational part

 

(2) the desiring part

 

(3) the spirited part (Greek, "thumos")

 

The spirited part of the psyche or soul is the basis for our flight/fight/freeze response. It is also the basis for the agonistic psychodynamism that Walter J. Ong, S.J., of Saint Louis University delineates in his book Fighting for Life: Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness (1981), the published version of Ong' 1979 Messenger Lectures at Cornell University.

 

After the conceptual construct of the will emerged historically in Western philosophic discourse, Thomas Aquinas worked with a four-part account of the human psyche or soul:

 

(1) intellect (= the rational part)

 

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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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