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More on "animal vitality" discussion

Posted by Chet on December 01, 2001

To sum up the earlier discussion...

:: Freud, Jung and Adler often spoke of the "triadic nature" of the subconsciousness. Popularly, we know it as the ego, id and superego.

:: Freud called "etheric vitality" or "animal vitality" a "dense jungle" consisting of temper, aggression, anger, passion, sexuality etc.

: Well, you are surely right that this was Freud's idea of where animal vitality fits into the facts of psychological life. But I still wonder about the general use of the phrase. And about how it compares and differs with other sorts of vitality.

To which I will add, yes, animal vitality is "garden variety" or physical vitality... the sort of vitality we notice in a healthy child (or puppy, or foal, etc). Writers and thinkers have also commented on mental and spiritual forms of vitality. But I'm at a loss, too, as to some of the terminology they have used. Anybody have some terms to offer?