Superiority Complex: My Ego’s Better Than Your Ego
Psychology | Self-Development

Superiority Complex: My Ego’s Better Than Your Ego

A superiority complex is a psychological disorder that bloats your ego. Individuals that display symptoms of a superiority complex have a delusional belief they are better than other people – and have a tendency to think they are more capable of doing something they can’t back up in real life. It’s fair to say that…

The Adonis Complex: Body Dysmorphia Disorder in Men
Mental Health | Psychology | Self-Development

The Adonis Complex: Body Dysmorphia Disorder in Men

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best – at least not until your physiological appearance becomes an obsession. But when worry about your body image starts to drive self-destructive behaviour you have an Adonis complex. The Adonis complex is a label that is typically associated with men because its primary focus is building…

Psychology’s Shadow Archetypes: Grandstander Bully
Archetypes | Greek Mythology | Psychology | Self-Development

Psychology’s Shadow Archetypes: Grandstander Bully

The Grandstander Bully is a shadow aspect of the Hero archetype initially promulgated by Carl Jung. The eminent psychologist was among the first psychoanalysts to draw comparisons between ancient mythology and the human psyche. Modern psychology has furthered Jung’s initial inquiry and categorised aspects of human nature that relate to the 12 main archetypes and…

Psychology 101: The 12 Major Archetypes And Their Shadows
Psychology | Self-Development

Psychology 101: The 12 Major Archetypes And Their Shadows

The 12 archetypes feature so predominantly in the ancient mythologies of multiple cultures they cannot be passed off as inconsequential. It is not a coincidence that ancient cultures from all over the world placed an important significance on the number 12. A logical conclusion for the consistent repetition of 12 archetypes, is that these energies…

What Is Jung’s Collective Unconscious?
Psychology

What Is Jung’s Collective Unconscious?

The collective unconscious is a topic that divides opinion. For some, Carl Jung’s controversial theory provides profound psychological insights into the human psyche. Others label the concept as ‘pseudoscience’ on grounds that the theory cannot be scientifically proven. When I was in Cambodia, I encountered a highly-educated German with a PhD in neuroscience and a…

The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Agni
Hindu Symbolism | Self-Development

The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Agni

Hindu mythology is rich in symbolism and meaning. The symbolic meaning of Agni is a profound example and underscores the genius of ancient Sages. The timeless wisdom left for us in mythology and religious scripture is truly beneficial. However, to benefit from the wisdom of ancient sages you need to understand the esoteric meaning of…