Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Carl Jung: The Wisdom of the Dream - A Three-Part Documentary on the Psychologist’s Life & Ideas

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These videos comprise a three-part series, produced by PBS, on the life and works of the great thinker and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (born July 26, 1875, Switzerland). Jung became interested in psychiatry during his medical studies and soon joined the group around Sigmund Freud (a relationship that lasted six tumultuous years).

Jung believed that the minds of mentally ill persons all had similar contents, much of which he recognized from his own interior life, described in his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections and in The Red Book (cheaper reader's version). He spent his life trying to understand the workings of the psyche, a project that led him to develop the methods of analytical psychiatry. Jung's model looked at the role in his patients' lives of what he termed the personal and collective unconscious, as expressed through dreams, myths, and outer events (synchronicity).

Jung created some of the best known psychological concepts including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and synchronicity. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a popular psychometric instrument, was developed from Jung's theory of personality typology.

Watch Carl Jung: The Wisdom of the Dream: A Three-Part Documentary on the Psychologist’s Life & Ideas

September 16th, 2013

Volume 1, ‘A Life of Dreams:

“The interpretation of dreams,” Sigmund Freud famously said, “is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.” Freud’s younger colleague Carl Gustav Jung agreed with him, but with important differences.

Whereas Freud saw dreams as manifestations of repressed sexual wishes disguised in a form drawn exclusively from the residue of the memories of events from the previous day and from childhood, Jung believed dreams deal with a much wider range of human concerns and are drawn not just from personal memory but from a range of universal psychological archetypes he called the “collective unconscious.”

In this fascinating three-hour documentary series from 1989, The Wisdom of the Dream, we learn about Jung’s life and ideas. Produced and directed by Stephen Segaller, the films draw on rare interviews and footage of Jung, as well as interviews by prominent psychologists, including some who knew Jung personally. Advocates of Jung’s theories explain the basis of his ideas and their continuing influence. The films are narrated by writer Sarah Dunant. Passages from Jung’s writings are read by actor Max Von Sydow.

Volume 2, ‘Inheritance of Dreams’:

Volume 3, ‘A World of Dreams’:

via Partially Examined Life

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