The search for wholeness is symbolised as the harmonious relationship between opposites. Jung draws the analogy between this problem of the opposites in alchemy with the reality, in the therapeutic setting, of ‘dissociation of the personality brought about by the conflict of incompatible tendencies’. The myth of Isis and Osiris describes a cooperative relationship between man and woman, and between humans and the forces of nature, through an acceptance of death, dismemberment and rebirth. As such, it can offer a guide through the dark night of the soul which is part of every deep psychological transformation.
It is a well-known fact that there are hundreds of flood myths in almost all cultures of the world. These myths speak of the relationship between gods and people and almost always carry great cultural and collective meanings. But the human psyche is also a cosmos of its own, and this allows for the possibility of looking at flood myths intra-psychically, to explore what happens inside an individual psyche with the manifestation of a flood myth.
My concern in this article is to further the process of constructing a Jungian sociology. This argument goes through five steps. In the first, following Emile Durkheim, I define two baseline elements of what sociology entails, how it differentiates itself from psychology; and, leading on from this, what a viable Jungian sociology looks like.