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Carl Jung Biography (Carl Gustav Jung) : Swiss Psychiatrist
Famous for : Founding the influential analytical psychology movement. Jung embraced spiritual concepts to merge them with the more scientific practises of psychiatry and psychology. CG Jung had a close working relationship with the notable Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud.
Jung details : Born - 26th of July, 1875 Thurgau, Switzerland / Died 6th of June, 1961 Zürich, Switzerland

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Carl Jung is best known for his ground-breaking work in the field of psychiatry and mental health and his affiliation with Simund Freud. Although he and Freud worked together for a time, Jung later disassociated himself from Freud and published his own theories in a series of books. While Jung is generally thought to have created the ideas of introvert and extrovert, he also focused on "analytical psychology" and the "collective unconsciousness", some of which he discussed in his most famous works Psychology and Religion, The Psychology of the Unconscious, and Memoirs, Dreams, and Reflections.

Carl Gustav Jung was born on July 26, 1875 in Kesswil, Switzerland to Paul Achilles Jung and Emilie Preiswerk. His father, a parson for the Swiss Reformed Church, and his mother, a member of a wealthy family, did not have a happy marriage and shortly after moving to Laufen for Paul's work, Emilie was sent to a hospital in Basel for treatment of what was later diagnosed as a depressive disorder. Her absence, combined with her mood swings, gave young Jung the impression that all women were psychologically unreliable, a notion he carried with him through his adult life.

Due to his wife's continued bouts of strange illness, Paul requested a transfer and moved the family to Kleinhuningen in 1879 to be closer to Emilie's family. The move lightened her mood and the overall atmosphere of Jung's home. It was during this time that Jung developed his belief that he was actually a combination of an old spirit from the previous century and the modern boy he saw in the mirror. As a tribute to his beliefs, he painted a stone that he kept in the attic and wrote messages in secret languages in tribute to his beliefs. In his later travels and studies of foreign places and different religions, Jung realized the significance of his acts and the parallels between his stone and the spiritual rituals of civilizations around the world. The surprising similarities resulted in Jung's development of the idea of a collective unconscious.

At the age of 12, Carl Jung was pushed by a boy and momentarily went unconscious. As a natural introvert, Jung's response was to believe in that moment that he would no longer have to attend school. As a result, over the next six months, Jung would automatically faint when urged back to school or studies. During one of these instances, Jung overheard his father worry about Jung's future and his ability to support himself. After that, Jung was able to overcome his fainting spells and eventually realized he had developed a neurosis.

Although Jung really wanted to study archeology, his family could not afford to send him away to a large university so, instead, Jung settled on studying medicine at the University of Basel. He graduated in 1900 and married his wife, Emma Rauschenbach, in 1903.

After his studies, Jung worked at a psychiatric hospital in Zurich and published his first book, Studies in Word Association in 1906. Jung sent a copy of this book to the renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud which marked the beginning of a six-year friendship between the two men. Despite early mutual admirations, their friendship disintegrated in 1913 when Carl Gustav Jung published The Psychology of the Unconscious. The book detailed Jung's beliefs with which Freud disagreed. Neither could admit being wrong and they parted ways.

After the end of World War I, Jung travelled all over the world, studying cultures, giving lectures, and eventually discovering the intricacies of Eastern religion. It was during his involvement with Eastern philosophies that Jung developed an appreciation for spirituality and the greater unconscious. Jung began focusing his later work on the idea that the purpose of the individual was to discover and fulfill innate potential. He began incorporating this belief into his scientific knowledge and derived at the conclusion that all religions are based on the journey inward to discover self and the divine.

CG Jung died in Zurich, Switzerland in 1961. He had five children with his wife Emma over the course of their lives.

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We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
Carl Jung - Understanding - Intelligent - Feelings - Judgment - Truth - Honesty

It is often tragic to see how blatantly a man bungles his own life and the lives of others yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself, and how he continually feeds it and keeps it going.
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