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Carl Jung & Personality

Biographical

1875-1961
Lonely, fantasy-filled childhood
A. Stone – perspective of stone
B. Manikin – “secret friend”
C. Phallus Dream – Lord Jesus
D. Throne Vision – terrible thought
Lifelong interest in the Occult

Lonely fantasy-filled childhood
Stone – Mother – J sometimes thought of her as two people: one nice, sense or humor, other ruthless, conniving Experience with stone similar; 7 yrs, would sit on a stone, then trade perspectives with the stone, imagining that he was the stone being sat upon by the boy, would have difficulty telling if he was the boy or the stone Would later decide he was two people also: young school boy, innocent, his consciousness; old man, unconsciousness Manikin – 10 yrs, carved man from ruler; would write things that troubled him down in secret language, ceremony to put in box with man, relieved anxiety Phallis – 4 yrs, in dream he descended into a chamber in ground that had a throne in it, seated on it was a tall object resembling a phallus, dream terrified him, he later decided it was another aspect of Christ, an unfriendly part Throne – Father was pastor, J asked questions about faith, not satisfied with answers, father seemed to have a hollow faith, just saying the words, all dogma J was leaving school, saw sun on a cathedral, had sudden thought that he was going to have a terrible thought that he had to prevent or he would damn his soul, in torment for days, but finally allowed thought – giant turd fell from sky and hit cathedral – message was that God was not all the trappings, important stuff was personal relationship with person and God

These experiences suggested that there were internal parts of him that knew things that the rest of him did not Would often follow his intuitions or dreams – changed career from archeology to medicine b/c of dream Occult – odd things happening, ex. woke with a headache to find one of patients put bullet in their head

… Biographical Cont’d
Adulthood
Married 1903

Freud’s successor

“creative illness”

love triangle

LIBIDO

Creative, biological life force (energy) for personal growth

As biological needs become easier to satisfy, energy is used for more spiritual problems

How much energy we devote to a problem determines its value to us

Married 1903
Freud’s successor – wrote favorable articles about F’s theories, gave accounts from his own practice to support it, started writing to F, met him, became very close friends, pres of F’s international psychoanalytic association But J not convinced all behaviors and problems rooted in sexual issues, and also dream analysis – F and J were analyzing each other’s dreams, but F refused to tell J about all of the details of his life to help J understand what the dreams might symbolize, b/c F was afraid to give up authority Illness – J almost 40, after break with F, had a period of internal uncertainty, self-absorbed, preoccupied with finding truth, And had an affair: Love triangle – with a younger woman, involved her in family life and professional life This is when he developed own personality theory (sometimes called “Analytical Psychology”)

and also dream analysis – F and J were analyzing each other’s dreams, but F refused to tell J about all of the details of his life to help J understand what the dreams might symbolize, b/c F was afraid to give up authority Illness – J almost 40, after break with F, had a period of internal uncertainty, self-absorbed, preoccupied with finding truth, And had an affair: Love triangle – with a younger woman, involved her in family life and professional life This is when he developed own personality theory (sometimes called “Analytical Psychology”)

PRINCIPELS

Principle of Equivalence (1st law of thermodynamics)
Total amount of psychic energy is fixed

Principle of Opposites
Every concept has a polar opposite

Principle of...
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