Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Nathalie PilardEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_337

The largest place conferred on intuition by the modern psychologists belongs to C. G. Jung. The notion had several meanings in his production depending on whether intuition belonged to Jung’s psychology of consciousness, to his psychology of the unconscious, or to his interest in religion and esoterism as an expression of religious movements or of extraordinary gifts.

Extraordinary Intuitions: Visions and Revelations

“Intuition is a function of perception which includes subliminal [i.e., unconscious] factors, that is, the possible relationship to objects not appearing in the field of vision, and the possible changes, past and future, about which the object gives no clue” (Jung 1936/1960, para. 257). The function of intuition allowed, for everyone, the perception of the possibilities inherent in a situation. For more intuitive individuals, this perception could become a Ahnung, which meant both the presentiment of future events and the premonition of things unknown, secret, or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College, School of DivinityUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK