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Jung, Carl Gustav

Born: 1875 AD
Died: 1961 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: Swiss
Categories: Doctors, Psychoanalyst, Psychologist


1875 - Carl Jung born on the 26th of July in Kesswil, Switzerland. The founder of analytical psychology.

1895 - 1900 - He studied at the University of Basel and Zürich.

1902 - After a stint at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Zürich, Jung worked under Eugen Bleuler at the Burgholzli Clinic.

1906 - He wrote valuable papers, but more important was his book on the Psychology of Dementia Praecox.

1907 - Meeting with Sigmund Freud. Finding that their theoretical positions had much in common, the two formed a close relationship for a number of years.

1911 - Edited the Jahrbuch für psychologische und psychopathologische Forschungen and was made president of the International Psychoanalytic Society.

       - Published the first half of his work A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido in the Jahrbuch.

1912 - Formal break with Freud came with the publication of Jung's revolutionary work The Psychology of the Unconscious, which disagreed with the Freudian emphasis on sexual trauma as the basis for all neurosis and with the literal interpretation of the Oedipus complex.

1913 - 1918 - He withdrew into a period of intense self-analysis, resigning his position at the University of Zurich. He called this his "confrontation with the unconscious."

1921 - In Psychological Types, Jung elucidated the concepts of extroversion and introversion for the study of personality types. He also developed the theory of synchronicity, the coincidence of causally unrelated events having identical or similar meaning.

1933 - 1940 - His most controversial episode occurred. He replaced Ernst Kretschmer as president of the German Society of Psychotherapy and immediately made it into an International Society, so that Jewish members could retain membership.

1936 - Published Wotan, an uncompromising analysis of the psychological, and specifically archetypal, reasons for Nazism and of the risks it represented for the individual.

1944 - Had a massive, nearly fatal heart attack. He describes his visions during the attack in Memories, Dreams, and Reflections

1961 - Died after a brief illness on the 6th of June, in the house in which he had lived since childhood.


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