Ethics and Depth Psychology

  • G. Dreifuss
Part of the Medicolegal Library book series (MEDICOLEGAL, volume 5)


Ethical behavior is commonly thought to be simply obeying the law and avoiding conflict with the penal code. The child is educated by parents, teachers, and youth leaders to a behavior that is regarded as ethical by the society he lives in. To educate means, in this connection, to develop and strengthen the ego, the center of consciousness, and the willpower of the individual to such an extent that it will not deviate from the common law, the “cultural canon” [2]. This means that behavior accepted by a certain culture at a certain time in history will change in the course of time (for instance, polygamy was permitted in biblical times but is forbidden today).


Ethical Behavior Penal Code Unexpected Sudden Death Cultural Moral Moral Conflict 
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  1. 1.
    Jung CG (1959) Aion. In: Collected works, vol 9. Pantheon, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Neumann E (1969) Depth psychology and a new ethic. Hodder and Stoughton, LondonGoogle Scholar

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