(1) Trickster. Psychologically,
descriptive of unconscious shadow tendencies
of an ambivalent, mercurial nature.
[The trickster] is a forerunner of the saviour . . . . He is both
subhuman and superhuman, a bestial and divine being, whose chief
and most alarming characteristic is his unconsciousness.["On
the Psychology of the Trickster-Figure," CW 9i, par. 472],
The so-called civilized man has forgotten the trickster. He remembers
him only figuratively and metaphorically, when, irritated by his
own ineptitude, he speaks of fate playing tricks on him or of things
being bewitched. He never suspects that his own hidden and apparently
harmless shadow has qualities whose dangerousness exceeds his wildest
dreams.[ Ibid., par. 478.]
of Terms & Concepts by DARYL SHARP
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