Thursday, January 05, 2012

Face to face with Carl Jung - An Interview

 Jung in 1910

Here is a rare interview with Carl Jung - I found this at TheSpiritConnect YouTube channel. Jung, along with Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Reich, Otto Rank, Karen Horney, and others, were all students of Freud at one point or another - and all broke away to elaborate their own models or theories of the psyche.  

Of these, Adler and Jung have probably had the most influence on contemporary thinking in therapeutic practice, but only Jung has developed a distinct model that stands as an alternative to Freud in the more traditional approaches to therapy. [I believe Adler's model is equally important, but it is not as well known - see Individual Psychology.]

Follow the link for more on Jung's Analytical Psychology. Here is a brief introduction to Jung from his Wikipedia page:
Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung is considered the first modern psychiatrist to view the human psyche as "by nature religious" and make it the focus of exploration.[1] Jung is one of the best known researchers in the field of dream analysis and symbolization. While he was a fully involved and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring tangential areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as well as literature and the arts.

Jung considered individuation, a psychological process of integrating the opposites including the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining their relative autonomy, necessary for a person to become whole.[2] Individuation is the central concept of analytical psychology.[3]

Many psychological concepts were first proposed by Jung, including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and synchronicity. A popular psychometric instrument, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), has been principally developed from Jung's theories.

His interest in philosophy and the occult led many to view him as a mystic although Jung's ambition was to be seen as a man of science.[4]

And now the videos.

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four:

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