Carl Jung: Plumbed the Depths of the Human Psyche

Born today was Carl Jung,*

A psychotherapist , he hung

With Sigmund Freud, but got less hype:

Sex sells more  than an archetype.

*"Jung believed the human psyche exists in three parts:  the ego (the conscious mind), the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. Jung believed the collective unconscious was a reservoir of all the experience and knowledge of the human species.

Jung also believed that the process of individuation was essential in order for a person to become whole and fully developed as a human being. Individuation is a process in which the various parts of a person, including the conscious and unconscious, become completely integrated so that the individual becomes his or her "true self." "In general, it is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated [from other human beings]," Jung explained in Psychological Types. "In particular, it is the development of the psychological individual as a being distinct from the general, collective psychology." [Kendra Cherry, About.com]

As a footnote, Carl Jung was instrumental in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. The organization grew out of the advice he gave one of his patients who suffered the addiction to drink.

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  • The one psychology professor I had believed more in Erich Fromm.

    But maybe Jung can explain this one, which has happened to me several times, including this morning. The alarm radio goes off, but I don't awake, but have dreams that I am sitting next to Mully and telling him that Zach Zaidman is full of baloney for his interpretation of Emery's negotiating freeze. Personal or collective unconscious?

  • Jung's 'Psychology of Religion' and 'Answer to Job' resonated with me while forming my adult perspective on religion.

    On a unconscious collective level, Jung saw Christ as an answer to Job. It was Job's proclamation of now knowing God, through his trials, that eventually led to God's incarnation as man. He even noted that the Old Testament began to take on a more 'conscientious loving God' type of perspective after Job.

    Jung also believed that the western mind was unconsciously Christian, that it's experience was constellated by the hero archetype.

  • 4zen, I appreciate your obiter dictum. From your comments in the past, I know you are much more familiar with Jung than I am and more competent to write about him. I remember once owning a paperback copy of his "Man and His Symbols" which I cursorily read on occasion. Researching his life and thought for this humble post has reanimated my interest in delving deeper into his ideas.
    Thanks, again.

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