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                  Carl Gustav Jung,  (b. 26 July 1875  -  d. 6 June 1961),  was  a  Swiss  psychiatrist

                  and sychotherapist 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. 

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                  C.  G.  Jung  was  one  of  the  creators  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  inter-

                  pretation,  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  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 the 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)          





                       "The world will ask you who you are, and if you don't know the world

             will tell you."                                                               - C. G. Jung -