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Karl Kerenyl describes the function of the Trickster as contributing "disorder to order" to "make a whole, to render possible, within the fixed bounds of what is permitted, an experience of what is not permitted." Carl Jung describes the Trickster: "Although he is not really evil, he does the most atrocious things from sheer unconsciousness and unrelatedness."
In his "8-Function Model of Archetypes," John Beebe depicts the Trickster as "amoral, mischievous, disruptive." This model builds on Jungian psychology's conscious and unconscious self. The Trickster operates on the 7th level of Bebee's model to "create double-binds" that "circumvent obstacles."
The Trickster in Hamlet and in Presidential Politics:
Hamlet: Prince of Denmark is full of Trickster-type characters, but Hamlet reigns supreme in his ability to "disrupt" a political structure he sees as "disorderly": "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Hamlet's father tasks the younger Hamlet with the duty to "make a whole" of the monarchy by exposing Claudius, his uncle, as the murderer of his father. In this context, Hamlet must operate "within the fixed bounds of what is permitted, an experience of what is not permitted."
Certainly, Hamlet operates in a subversive manner. He's mischievous. He's disruptive. Arguably, he's amoral, or at least he acts in ways that theater-goers might judge amoral.
In 2011 an article in Personality Types in Depth posed a question about the role of political Tricksters that is relevant as we begin a new year: "Was Shakespeare ultimately cautioning us about the potentially disastrous effects of unbridling the Trickster in psyche or society?"
In 17 days our Trickster-elect will take the Oath of Office. Yet we must recognize that the PEOTUS elect functions as a "hero" in some cultural circles and that there is little evidence that he reflects and searches his soul to examine his beliefs and morals.
However, sans self-examination, PEOTUS operates in a questioning paradigm that rejects established political norms
- Will he release his tax returns? No
- Will he put his businesses in a blind trust? No
- Will he accept intelligence briefings and findings? No
- Will he appoint cabinet members with relevant credentials for their respective positions? No
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