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originally posted by: Zarniwoop
Do doppelgangers exist? And if they do, does seeing one foretell catastrophe and doom?
I think due to the immense amount of people on Earth, there are bound to be some very similar looking folks.
The chance of meeting them, by chance, is extremely low.
Although, I doubt it means anything. If anything, it could be good luck.
Also.. "doppelganger" is a really fun word to say.
Psychoanalyst Jung was famous for his observation that every person carries what he termed a “shadow”, or an unconscious side to the self in which the darker, more insecure, less noble motivations and drives are found. In one scene from Peter Pan, Walt Disney captured the disconnection between what our conscious self goes about doing, and how our shadow side is carrying on at an entirely different level, often out of our consciousness.
In the scene, Peter’s shadow has gone wild and refuses to submit to his wishes. Of course, Peter is a very Jungian character. Not only does he depict the tension between the shadow and conscious self, but he also illustrates, as a fairly androgynous character, the tension between the male (animus) and female (anima) aspects of the self. In him, we also find the paradoxical marriage of archetypes; he’s a fearless ‘hero’ on the one hand, and a needy ‘child’ on the other who needs a mother figure (Wendy). All in all, Peter is a strange sort of hero, not entirely good (think of his deceit, violence, selfishness), but not altogether bad (think of his capacity for selflessness and courage, his loyalty and kindness).