Asheville Jung Center Works to Advance the Psychology of Carl Jung

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Carl Gustav Jung also known as C. G. Jung, is the founder of analytical ("Jungian") psychology and bought to wide acceptance such concepts as the Shadow, Archetypes, Collective Unconscious, Personality Types and Individuation. On November 29th the Asheville Jung Center held a global seminar applying these concepts to the question of the next global transformation.

Carl Gustav Jung

Carl Jung is the founder of analytical ("Jungian") psychology and bought to wide acceptance such concepts as the Shadow, Archetypes, Collective Unconscious, Personality Types and Individuation.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), also known as C. G. Jung, is the founder of analytical ("Jungian") psychology. He is credited for advancing such concepts as the Shadow, Archetypes, Collective Unconscious, Personality Types and Individuation. The Asheville Jung Center was founded in 2008 to explore current issues from a Jungian perspective. On November 29th they held a powerful seminar exploring concepts of Carl Jung in the context of current doomsday predictions from the Maya Calendar. The center is affiliated with innerQuest Psychiatry and Counseling, a regional psychiatrist group composed of Dr. Steven Buser, Dr. Leonard Cruz and Dr. Richard Smoot. A recorded version of the November 29th Seminar is now available for viewing.

Born on July 26, 1875 to Johann Paul Jung, a Swiss Reformed pastor, and his wife, Emilie, née Preiswerk, in the Swiss village of Kesswil, CG Jung received a classical European education in German speaking Swiss schools. He studied medicine at the University of Basel from 1896 to 1900. In 1903 Carl Jung married Emma Rauschenbach and eventually became the father of five children, four daughters and a son.

Carl Jung began an intense collaborative relationship with Freud in 1907. Quickly recognizing Jung’s intellectual gifts and his potential as a charismatic leader, Freud came to designate him his “crown prince” and heir to the fledgling psychoanalytic movement.. From the beginning, Carl Jung was skeptical about Freud’s exclusive emphasis on sexuality in the etiology of neurosis and psychosis. Later Jung became strongly attracted to the psychology and philosophy of William James, whom he met in 1909 at Clark University in Wooster, Mass. and whose works agreed more with his own philosophical tendencies. The Freud-Jung relationship broke up in 1913 over personal and theoretical conflicts. From Jung’s point of view, the major problems were Freud’s emphasis on sexuality and his inordinate need for personal authority in intellectual matters pertaining to psychoanalysis.

In 1914 Carl Jung founded his own school of analytical psychology. At the core of it was the view that all human beings share a primordial level of psyche. Jung called this level the collective unconscious. The contents of the collective unconscious are general patterns of ideation, imagination, and behaviour. The inborn psychological factors that create these universal human patterns he designated archetypes. Archetypes behave like drives but are represented as images in the psyche and have a more mental than biological quality. Accordingly, instead of the term libido Jung preferred the more general psychic energy, which again distanced him from Freud’s emphasis on sexuality. Analytical psychology was able to take a positive view of religious experience in a way that psychoanalysis could not.

C.G. Jung hammered out the bare outlines of his own distinctive psychological theory during the years following his break with Freud. 1913-1917 were years of intensive self-analysis, a period that is sometimes mistaken as heavily psychotic rather than what Ellenberger has called a period of “creative illness.” The Red Book, published in 2009, records Jung’s experiences and shows clearly that his mental faculties were intact throughout. In these years Jung developed his theory of individuation as a lifelong psychological development process and published his revision of psychoanalytic theory provisionally in the first drafts of what would become, after several editions, Two Essays in Analytical Psychology. These essays still provide the best introduction to Carl Jung’s approach to psychoanalytic theory and practice

In 1933 Carl Jung reluctantly accepted the presidency of the International General Medical Society for Psychotherapy, a post that he held until 1940. The story of Jung’s politics during this period is complex, and the emotions generated have led easily to oversimplification and splitting. While not a sympathizer, much less a member, of the Nazi party in Germany, Jung walked a fine line between neutrality and internationalism on the one side and cooperation with the large German section of this organization on the other.

C.G. Jung’s last twenty years bore the fruit of decades of experience with patients and of his vast researches in comparative symbolism. Beset by illness and frail health, he published his most important work on transference (The Psychology of the Transference), on the interpretation of Western cultural history (Aion and Answer to Job), on depth psychology and modern physics (On Synchronicity), and on individuation (Mysterium Coniunctionis). His many friendships bridged religion and science: While collaborating with the Dominican priest, Victor White, on studies of Christian theology, for instance, he was also writing a book with the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Wolfgang Pauli. Jung’s life was filled with honors and accolades (lunch with Winston Churchill during his visit to Zürich after WWII, honorary doctorates from Harvard and Oxford and other universities, a literary prize from the city of Zürich) befitting the magnitude of his intellectual achievements.

Biography written by Murray Stein, PhD

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