The Man: Carl Gustav Jung, born Karle Gustav Jung II (1875 – 1961)
Father of: Analytical psychology; the concepts of introversion, extroversion, collective unconscious and archetypes; art therapy and, indirectly through founder Bill Wilson, of Alcoholics Anonymous. His collected works – including The Psychology of the Unconscious (1912) and Psychological Types (1921) – fill nineteen volumes.
Jung warned that we rely too heavily on science and logic. Emphasizing balance and harmony, he argued for integrating spirituality and appreciating our unconscious realms.
The Story: His father was a poor rural pastor; his mother came from a wealthy and established Swiss family, but she was a weird woman (one
night, Jung claims, he saw a faintly luminous figure coming from her
room. The head was detached from the neck and floated in the air), spending much of her time in a separate bedroom. According to Wikipedia, Jung had a better relationship with his father because he thought him to be predictable and thought his mother to be problematic. His mother’s often depressed mood influenced her son’s attitude towards women, which he described as having “innate unreliability.”
Jung collaborated but soon broke with his cohort Sigmund Freud. According to Jung, dreams are not attempts to conceal our true feelings from the waking mind, but rather they are windows to our unconscious. They serve to guide the waking self to achieve wholeness and offer solutions to problems we face in our waking lives.
Whaaa? At age 12, he was pushed to the ground by another boy
so hard that he was unconscious for a moment. He thought to himself,
“Now I won’t have to go to school any more.” From then on, whenever he
started off to school or began homework, he fainted. He remained at
home for the next six months until he overheard his father worrying to
a visitor of his son’s future ability to support himself. Young Jung
immediately went into his father’s study and began poring over Latin
grammar. This event, Jung later recalled, “was when I learned what a neurosis is.”
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