Carl Gustav Jung was born July 26, 1875, in the small Swiss village of Kessewil. His father was Paul Jung, a country parson, and his mother was Emilie Preiswerk Jung. He was surrounded by a fairly well educated extended family, including quite a few clergymen and some eccentrics as well.
The elder Jung started Carl on Latin when he was six years old, beginning a long interest in language and literature -- especially ancient literature. Besides most modern western European languages, Jung could read several ancient ones, including Sanskrit, the language of the original Hindu holy books.
Carl was a rather solitary adolescent, who didn't care much for school, and especially couldn't take competition. He went to boarding school in Basel, Switzerland, where he found himself the object of a lot of jealous harassment. He began to use sickness as an excuse, developing an embarrassing tendency to faint under pressure.
Although his first career choice was archeology, he went on to study medicine at the University of Basel. While working under the famous neurologist Krafft-Ebing, he settled on psychiatry as his career.
After graduating, he took a position at the Burghoeltzli Mental Hospital in Zurich under Eugene Bleuler, an expert on (and the namer of) schizophrenia. In 1903, he married Emma Rauschenbach. He also taught classes at the University of Zurich, had a private practice, and invented word association at this time!
Long an admirer of Freud, he met him in Vienna in 1907. The story goes that after they met, Freud canceled all his appointments for the day, and they talked for 13 hours straight, such was the impact of the meeting of these two great minds! Freud eventually came to see Jung as the crown prince of psychoanalysis and his heir apparent.
But Jung had never been entirely sold on Freud's theory. Their relationship began to cool in 1909, during a trip to America. They were entertaining themselves by analyzing each others' dreams (more fun, apparently, than shuffleboard), when Freud seemed to show an excess of resistance to Jung's efforts at analysis. Freud finally said that they'd have to stop because he was afraid he would lose his authority! Jung felt rather insulted.
World War I was a painful period of self-examination for Jung. It was, however, also the beginning of one of the most interesting theories of personality the world has ever seen.
After the war, Jung traveled widely, visiting, for example, tribal people in Africa, America, and India. He retired in 1946, and began to retreat from public attention after his wife died in 1955. He died on June 6, 1961, in Zurich.
There is much literature on Jungian thought. For a good, short and easily accessible introduction to Jung's thought:
Other good introductory texts include:
Another recommended tool for navigating Jung's works is Robert Hopcke's book, A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung
, ISBN 1-57062-405-4
. He offers short, lucid summaries of all of Jung's major ideas and suggests readings from Jung's and others' work that best present that idea.
Edward C. Whitmont, The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology
, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969, 1979, ISBN 0-691-02454-5
Anthony Stevens, Jung. A Very Short Introduction
, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1994, ISBN 0-19-285458-5
O'Connor, Peter A. (1985). Understanding Jung, understanding yourself
. New York, NY: Paulist Press. ISBN 0 809127997
Good texts in various areas of Jungian thought:
And a more academic text:
Andrew Samuels, The Political Psyche
(Routledge), ISBN 0-415-08102-5
. Difficult, but useful.
For the Jung-Freud relationship:
Kerr, John. A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein.
Knopf 1993. ISBN 0-679-40412-0
For critical scholarship on Jung from the perspective of historians of psychiatry:
, The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement (Princeton University Press, 1994); and
, The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung (Random House, 1997)
, Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science
, ISBN 0-521-53909-9
. A comprehensive study of the origins of Jung's psychology which places it in a historical and philosophical context. The author calls this a "Cubist history".
. Jung: A Biography
. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 2003.
Works arranged by original publication date if known:
Jung, C. G. (1904-1907) Studies in Word Association
. London: Routledge & K. Paul. (contained in Experimental Researches
, Collected Works Vol. 2)
Jung, C. G. (1907). The Psychology of Dementia Praecox
. (2nd ed. 1936) New York: Nervous and Mental Disease Publ. Co. (contained in The Psychogenesis of Mental Disease
, Collected Works Vol. 3. This is the disease now known as schizophrenia
Jung, C. G., & Hinkle, B. M. (1912). Psychology of the Unconscious
: a study of the transformations and symbolisms of the libido, a contribution to the history of the evolution of thought. London: Kegan Paul Trench Trubner. (revised in 1952 as Symbols of Transformation
, Collected Works Vol.5 ISBN 0-691-01815-4
Jung, C. G., & Long, C. E. (1917). Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology
(2nd ed.). London: Balliere Tindall & Cox. (contained in Freud and Psychoanalysis
, Collected Works Vol. 4)
Jung, C. G., Baynes, H. G., & Baynes, C. F. (1928). Contributions to Analytical Psychology. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Jung, C. G., & Shamdasani, S. (1932). The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: notes of a seminar by C.G. Jung. 1996 ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C. G. (1933). Modern Man in Search of a Soul
. London: Kegan Paul Trench Trubner, (1955 ed. Harvest Books ISBN 0-15-661206-2
Jung, C. G., & Dell, S. M. (1940). The Integration of the Personality. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Jung, C. G. (1947). Essays on Contemporary Events. London: Kegan Paul.
Jung, C. G. (1947, revised 1954). On the Nature of the Psyche. 1988 ed. London: Ark Paperbacks. (contained in Collected Works Vol. 8)
Jung, C.G. (1949). Foreword, pp. xxi-xxxix (19 pages), to Wilhelm/Baynes translation of The I Ching
or Book of Changes. Bollingen Edition XIX, Princeton University Press.(contained in Collected Works Vol. 11)
Jung, C. G. (1952). Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle
. 1973 2nd ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-01794-8
(contained in Collected Works Vol. 8)
Jung, C. G. (1956). Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy
. London: Routledge. (2nd ed. 1970 Collected Works Vol. 14 ISBN 0-691-01816-2
) This was Jung's last book length work, completed when he was eighty.
Jung, C. G. (1957). The Undiscovered Self (Present and Future)
. 1959 ed. New York: American Library. 1990 ed. Bollingen ISBN 0-691-01894-4
(50 p. essay, also contained in collected Works Vol. 10)
Jung, C. G., & De Laszlo, V. S. (1958). Psyche and Symbol: A Selection from the Writings of C.G. Jung. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday.
Jung, C. G., & De Laszlo, V. S. (1959). Basic Writings. New York: Modern Library.
Jung, C. G., & Jaffe A. (1962). Memories, Dreams, Reflections
. London: Collins. This is Jung's autobiography, recorded and edited by Aniela Jaffe, ISBN 0-679-72395-1
Jung, C. G., Evans, R. I., & Jones, E. (1964). Conversations with Carl Jung and Reactions from Ernest Jones. New York: Van Nostrand.
Jung, C. G. (1966). The Practice of Psychotherapy: Essays on the Psychology of the Transference and other Subjects
(Collected Works Vol. 16). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C. G. (1970). Four Archetypes; Mother, Rebirth, Spirit, Trickster. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. (contained in Collected Works Vol. 9 part 1)
Jung, C. G. (1974). Dreams
. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (compilation from Collected Works Vols. 4, 8, 12, 16), ISBN 0-691-01792-1
Jung, C. G., & Campbell, J. (1976). The Portable Jung
. a compilation, New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-015070-6
Jung, C. G., Rothgeb, C. L., Clemens, S. M., & National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information (U.S.). (1978). Abstracts of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Printing Office.
Jung, C. G., & Antony Storr ed., (1983) The Essential Jung
. a compilation, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-02455-3
Jung, C. G. (1986). Psychology and the East. London: Ark. (contained in Collected Works Vol. 11)
Jung, C. G. (1987). Dictionary of Analytical Psychology. London: Ark Paperbacks.
Jung, C. G. (1988). Psychology and Western Religion. London: Ark Paperbacks. (contained in Collected Works Vol. 11)
Jung, C. G., Wagner, S., Wagner, G., & Van der Post, L. (1990). The World Within C.G. Jung in his own words [videorecording]. New York, NY: Kino International: Dist. by Insight Media.
Jung, C. G., & Hull, R. F. C. (1991). Psychological Types (a revised ed.). London: Routlege.
Jung, C. G., & Chodorow, J. (1997). Jung on Active Imagination. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C. G., & Jarrett, J. L. (1998). Jung's Seminar on Nietzsche's Zarathustra (Abridged ed.). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C. G., & Pauli, Wolfgang, C. A. Meier (Editor). (2001). Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters, 1932-1958
, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-01207-5
Jung, C. G., & Sabini, M. (2002). The Earth Has a Soul: the nature writings of C.G. Jung. Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books.
Anthony Stevens. "Jung, A Very Short Introduction" (1994)
An early writing by Jung, dating from around 1917, was his poetic work, The Seven Sermons To The Dead (Full Text). Written in the persona of the 2nd century religious teacher Basilides of Alexandria, it explores ancient religious and spiritual themes, including those of gnosticism. This work is included in some editions of Memories, Dreams, Reflections.
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