Becoming Carl Jung, a Developmental Analysis

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Becoming Carl Jung, a Developmental Analysis
Steve Wilkinson
Chesapeake College

Becoming Carl Jung, a Developmental Analysis
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. He is known for his work in the study of dream analysis, extroverted and introverted personality types, as well as studies on religion (Lewis, A., 1957). Carl Jung was born in Keswill, Switzerland, to parents Paul Achilles Jung and Emilie Preiswerk (Charet, F. X., 2000). Paul Jung was a pastor, and Emilie was from a wealthy Swiss family and was interested in metaphysics. Carl was named after his grandfather, a medical doctor. Emilie suffered from depression throughout Carl’s childhood and often displayed large mood swings, what Carl would later describe as dual personalities. Carl had a better relationship with his father growing up, and had difficulties throughout his life trusting women Jung, (C. G., 1965). Until age nine, Jung was an only child and spent most of his time playing alone. By age eleven, Carl began in a new school. He began to realize how poor his family was compared to his classmates. Carl struggled with math, preferred not to be in school, even though he achieved good grades. While walking home from school one day, Jung was pushed by a fellow classmate and struck his head, causing him to go unconscious. He would subsequently have fainting spells when going to class or doing homework. Carl was taken out of school for a time, and diagnosed with possible epilepsy. After overhearing a conversation between his dad and a friend about the implications of Carl’s fainting spells and concern for his future, Carl recovered and never had another episode of fainting.

We can see how Nature and Nurture affected Jung through childhood and had a significant impact on his development and has paved a road for his career in psychology. Both his parents and Grandfather must have made an impression on his early life,...
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