Jungian Theories

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Jungian Theories


Carl Jung was a Swedish psychiatrist and a psychologist. And during his 86 years of life, from1875 to 1961 developed the analytical psychology. He based his theories on the works of his close friend and mentor Sigmund Freud: the psychoanalytical theories. Early on in his career Jung followed Freud and supported his theories, but as Jung found aspects of Freud's theories that he found disagreements with, Jung parted and formulated his own (Anthony). In turn, his theories would "go beyond psychology and affect theology, philosophy, and anthropology", according to George H. Pollock in World Book Encyclopedia.

Jung was born on July 26, 1875 in Kesswil, Switzerland. Son to Johnannes Paul Achilles Jung, a priest, Jung well understood religion and tradition. His childhood was filled with times spent alone exploring his fantasies and dreams which developed a life long interest in superstition and mythology. Later this would become the foundation for his theories, explains Pollock.

At first, Jung entered the University of Basil interested in the field of archaeology, but his interests changed. In 1902, he graduated from the University of Zurich as an expert in the field of medicine (a doctor). Along with a good background on biology, zoology, paleontology, and archaeology, Jung went to study reactions and responses that patients had to "stimulus" words. Jung referred to these reactions as "complexes". With the documentation of this work, Jung won international renown and found himself befriending Freud.

That year, 1907, Jung and Freud became the best of friends, debating and conversating every concept, every notion that came to them about their studies. Each, bringing out a deeper level of theoreti...

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...mixtures of paths that he could take. The paths that lead to pagan worship: the Golden Carp or the mysterious magic of Ultima. But Jung says the goal of life is to reach a balance between our differences whether it be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. And this is how I think the book will end and Tony will discover himself: through balance.


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