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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.

Jung's Major Theoretical Contributions
Jung's major theoretical contributions

There were a myriad formative encounters in Jung's life, some of which have already been delineated in the foregoing chapter. These also played an important part in the development of his theoretical formulations. Jung was a complex man who immersed himself in a great many disciplines and it is beyond the scope of this book to deal with all of them. As a result, a selective choice has been made as to which to include. Two of the most important were medicine, particularly psychiatry and psychology and have already been dealt with in the first chapter.

Another important formative discipline was philosophy. Hand in glove with this, he also turned to more esoteric sources, such as Jewish Kabbala, gnosticism, ...

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