In a psychological reading of the Age of Pisces, Jung warned that the psyche that was projected in Heaven is now descending into Matter, getting ever closer to the interiority of one’s own soul.
Managing the confusion between psyche and matter is no small task. If shadow projections weren’t difficult enough to deal with, psychic needs projected on the sexual domain are on another level of impenetrable confusion.
I am fully aware that the ideas expressed in this article are only in their embryonic forms. With this, I apologize for having trodden uncaringly on serious topics that require levels of nuance that are above what I am able to convey with words.
The bottom line is that I have felt an urge to share this intuitive insight: It’s time to work on recollecting psychic contents that have been projected on sexuality. Pornography is at least a third of internet traffic and, with the advent of AI and prompting, the creation of sexual symbols is going to skyrocket.
As an alternative, this article suggests an integrative and non-pathologizing approach toward this addiction that is plaguing younger and younger men.
To the people who are reading this and dealing with this issue, I know firsthand how demoralizing it is to be unable to put any stop to this addiction. I’ve tried methods relying on willpower and they all have failed. Thus I want to encourage you to consider that the reason why this cannot be stopped is because there is something of the highest value beneath it all, something so precious that it cannot be abandoned. It’s not that the habit itself is of great worth, but that it facilitates the process of becoming conscious and intimate with the psychic partner within.
Jung wrote that “The shadow can be realized only through a relation to a partner, and anima and animus only through a relation to a partner of the opposite sex, because only in such a relation do their projections become operative.” (Carl Jung, Aion, CW 9ii, par 42)
By being bombarded by visual material on the internet, this can give rise to various relationships to digital partners (real, fictional, or AI) formed by unconscious projections. Whether the projection lands on a YouTuber, a fictional character, an anime character, an AI-generated character, a pornstar, or on an incomprehensible fetish, etc. it doesn’t matter. What matters is that one recognizes that some psychological need is being taken care of, which at some point we will have to retrieve.
To conclude, I would like to revisit the well-known saying that “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves” (Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp. 246-247) and propose that “Everything that is sexualized about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves.”