Carl Gustav Jung

          Carl Gustav Jung,  (b. 26 July 1875 - d. 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.  His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies.  He was a prolific writer, though many of his works were not published until after his death.  Jung considered individuation to be the central process of human development.  The central concept of analytical psychology is individuation - the psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious, while still maintaining their relative autonomy.  Jung created some of the best known psychological concepts, including Jungian archetypes, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, and extraversion and introversion. (Wikipedia- Carl Jung)

          Jung was one of the creators of modern depth of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us.  He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas.  He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey.  His method of interpretation of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop with in culture as well.  In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes when people feel they are living he symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it.  A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life if meaningful. (James Hollis-December 2013)         

"If there is anything we wish to change in our children, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."  

 - C.G. Jung                                                           


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