In his most recent book, Democracy and Self-Organization: The Change of Which Barack Obama Speaks, Dr. Robert Aziz draws on his depth understanding of human psychology and culture to provide us with unprecedented insight into the dynamics of meaning underlying Barack Obama’s politics of change. Conclusions reached about our current cultural crisis of meaning in his previous work The Syndetic Paradigm: The Untrodden Path Beyond Freud and Jung (2007) form the basis of this incisive analysis. In Democracy and Self-Organization: The Change of Which Barack Obama Speaks, carefully and systematically, directly and substantively connecting the profound leadership initiatives of President John F. Kennedy and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his thesis, Dr. Aziz convincingly situates the change of which Barack Obama speaks within the context of the now urgent demands of democratic culture’s unfolding destiny.
A new theoretical paradigm that goes beyond the limitations of the Freudian and Jungian psychological models
As I brought the newly created theoretical whole of my first book C. G. Jung’s Psychology of Religion and Synchronicity precisely to bear on Jung’s theoretical and clinical model, I found myself being carried into territory I did not anticipate entering. Firstly, it became apparent to me exactly why Jungian psychology had from the beginning failed to accommodate the synchronicity theory and its implications. Secondly, it became apparent to me that the very theoretical limitations that had obstructed the further development of the synchronicity concept by Jungians were no less obstructing the advancement of the Jungian theoretical model in its entirety. Although, therefore, this, my most recent work, certainly could be conceived of as an extension of my first book, that extension necessarily proceeds by way of that which is the most thorough criticism of the Jungian theoretical model to date. The Jungian Paradigm, it is carefully argued, not only is a deeply flawed theoretical model, but it is a model, moreover, that falls far short of that which it holds out to the world as its promise. I offer in its stead what I have termed the Syndetic Paradigm ...
The synchronicity concept is the single theory with the most far-reaching implications for Jung’s psychology as a whole, particularly for his psychology of religion, yet both within and outside the Jungian circle it remained the least understood of Jung’s theories.
Prior to this work, no comprehensive study of the synchronicity theory in relationship to the individuation process had been undertaken and, as a consequence, the great import of this theory for Jung’s psychology of religion was overlooked. The purpose of this work, therefore, was to examine the synchronicity theory in relationship to the psychological and indeed spiritual journey Jung has termed the individuation process so as to reveal the specific import of this seminal concept for Jung’s psychology of religion. The unique contribution of this work is essentially threefold.
First, it provides a theoretical framework for the study of synchronistic phenomena—a framework that enables us to view these phenomena in relation to Jung’s model of the psyche and his concept of psychic compensation. Second, this book explores the significant role that these events played in Jung’s life and work. And third, by way of careful examination of the synchronicity theory in relation to the process Jung terms individuation, an examination in which considerable case material is presented, the specific import of this seminal concept for Jung’s psychology of religion is disclosed.