Carl Gustav Jung is an enlightening and insightful guide to the life and work of one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy and most influential thinkers in modern times. Combining insights from his early life and his wide-ranging intellectual interests in philosophy, mysticism and parapsychology, Ann Casement traces the development of Jung's ideas on the functioning of the human mind, including the origins of core Jungian concepts such as archetypes, teleology, alchemy and the collective unconscious. Examining the relationship between Freud and Jung through their prolific correspondence, the author charts the growing divergence of opinion.
Chapter 1: The Life of Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961)
The Life of Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961)
God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my wilful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions and change the course of my life for better or worse. (Edinger, 1986: 32)
The Symbolic Life
Jung's whole approach to living centred around leading a symbolic life guided by the symbolic language revealed in dreams. In this way, the individual could reach a degree of self-understanding which would lead to a full and meaningful life. Jung's view was that any individual coming into therapy was ultimately in quest of a spiritual solution to their problems and that this resolution could only come through developing a ...