Friday, July 27, 2012

Face to Face with Carl Jung: ‘Man Cannot Stand a Meaningless Life’

This is an excellent video of Carl Jung talking about our human need for a meaningful life (among many other things). I found this at Open Culture - yesterday was Jung's birthday and posting this video was their tribute. This is one of the best interviews I have seen with Jung, and he was 84 at the time this was recorded.

Face to Face with Carl Jung: ‘Man Cannot Stand a Meaningless Life’

in Psychology | July 26th, 2012

Today is the birthday of Carl Gustav Jung, founder of analytic psychology and explorer of the collective unconscious. He was born on July 26, 1875 in the village of Kesswil, in the Thurgau canton of Switzerland. To observe the day we present a fascinating 39-minute interview of Jung by John Freeman for the BBC program Face to Face. It was filmed at Jung’s home at Küsnacht, on the shore of Lake Zürich, and broadcast on October 22, 1959, when Jung was 84 years old. He speaks on a range of subjects, from his childhood and education to his association with Sigmund Freud and his views on death, religion and the future of the human race. At one point when Freeman asks Jung whether he believes in God, Jung seems to hesitate. “It’s difficult to answer,” he says. “I know. I don’t need to believe. I know.”

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