Royal saga reveals more about ourselves than them

Prince Harry recently received attention for posting photos of himself Do psychotherapy. But if the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung were still alive today, he would tell those following his story to turn on the cameras themselves.

With the Meghan and Harry Saga If public opinion is shared, there are many lessons to be learned from Jung if we are to add some humility to this debate.

We’re all kids inside. You, me, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen. Jung once said: “The greatest burden a child has to bear is the inanimate life of its parents.” He suggested that our “inner child”Shows how positive and negative experiences in childhood affect us later in life.

Jung argued that childhood trauma wounded us and we carry these wounds into adulthood, often without attempting to confront or overcome them. For this reason, habits and beliefs influence how we raise or not raise our own children.

in the The me that you cannot seeHarry, a mental health documentary series, recalled the trauma of losing his mother that drove him to alcohol and drugs in his adult life. “I was so mad at what happened to her and the fact that there was no justice at all,” he said. “Nothing came of that. The same people who chased her into the tunnel saw her die in the back seat of that car. “

Harry’s behavior and struggle with fear got him into therapy. He described how the anger he feels today takes him back to his childhood: “The clicking of cameras and the blinking of cameras make my blood boil. It makes me angry and brings me back to what happened to my mom and my experience as a kid. “

Harry suggested that a lack of support while growing up contributed to his adult mental health deterioration and shared his desire to break a cycle of suffering that can be traced back to being passed on to his children:

My dad used to tell me when I was younger, he said to both William and me, “Well, it was like that for me, so it will be like that for you.” That makes no sense. Just because you have suffered doesn’t mean your children have to suffer. On the contrary – when you have suffered, do everything you can to ensure that any negative experiences you have had are right about your children.

Jung would have some compassion for Harry. This should not linger in the past out of self-pity. By reflecting on our past, we can repair ourselves and break these cycles of suffering in our family and society. We don’t have to allow our suffering to harm others.

Jung wasn’t interested in blaming parents. He wasn’t going to attack Prince Charles (and neither would Harry). Instead of just blaming high-ranking kings, Jung would see more wounded children.

In a previous interview with Oprah, Harry also described Charles and William as “captured“In an institution that they couldn’t escape if they wanted to.

No king chooses to be born into such circumstances. Current and future generations of kings are caught in a cycle in which social traditions, public demands, media rituals and cultural institutions within and outside the monarchy persist.

Of course, the royals are born into an immense privilege compared to most people. But no privilege brings the world a blank board full of emotion or character. We are all affected by the environment into which we are born. There is little evidence that the realities of royal protocol are conducive to human satisfaction and the freedoms that many of us take for granted.

Harry’s last interview came a few hours after one independent request concluded that journalist Martin Bashir had secured his 1995 BBC Panorama interview with Princess Diana with “fraudulent behavior”. Prince William said the BBC’s behavior “contributed significantly to their fear, paranoia and isolation” and condemned BBC bosses “who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions”.

These results raise moral and psychological concerns for society. As an audience, we have strong opinions about the stories, dramas, spectacles and rituals that revolve around the monarchy. These stories are told and sold to us, and our appetites don’t seem to let up.

Meet the shadow

Jung was interested in the unconscious – what he called it shadow – where our least desirable traits disappear beneath the surface, fueling our personal and collective behavior that we are least confronted with.

When it comes to monarchy, Jung might suggest that we look at ourselves, our media, our expectations, our judgments, and our humility (or lack of) necessary for a more empathetic culture at all levels of our society – regardless Wealth or privilege.

Jung would encourage us to challenge our tribalism and ask why we joined Team Royal or why we hate Team Harry (or vice versa). Like any family feud, many stories have many sides. Often times, when we wonder why we feel so confident that we should put one side over the other, the answers we find are awkward and messy.

As Jung said, standing in the shadows is never a beautiful process. We are forced to look at our least desirable qualities. But it’s worth it. Our humility is important, and our collective psychology determines what kind of society we create for ourselves and our children.

Darren Kelsey, Reader in media and collective psychology, Newcastle University

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