Print this page

Observations placeholder

Jung, C G - The symptoms of the onset of death



Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

Quoted in Dr J C Barker  MD, MRCP, DPM – Scared to Death – An examination of fear, its cause and effects

Jung alluded to this expression of unconscious psychic activity which often precedes the approach of death by considerable interval. He wrote that

“as a rule, the approaching end was indicated by those symbols which, in normal life also, proclaim changes of psychological condition - rebirth symbols such as changes of locality, journeys and the like. I have frequently been able to trace back for over a year in a dream series, the indications of impending death, even in cases where such thoughts were not prompted by the outward situation. Dying, therefore, has its onset long before actual death. Moreover, this often reveals itself in peculiar changes of personality which may also precede death by quite a long interval."

The source of the experience

Jung, Carl Gustav

Concepts and Symbols used in the text or image