Happy Birthday, Carl Jung! -- A blog post in your honor on your role in depth psychology....

In honor of what would have been Jung's 138th birthday, July 26, I'm sharing an excerpt from my essay on Jung's role in Depth Psychology, "Occupy Psyche: Deconstructing the Jungian Shadow in Depth Psychology," published in Occupy Psyche: Jungian and Archetypal Perspectives on a Movement (2012, Eds. Jordan Shapiro and Roxanne Partridge).

 
The essay takes a look at how Jungian psychology relates to depth psychology and examines the influence of the larger-than-life persona of Jung on many of us who feel profoundly impacted by his work. 
 
It also cautions us, by the way, to regard the shadow cast by the legend Jung has truly become and to ground ourselves in remembering his humanity and not idealizing him. 
 
Read on...

The theories of Swiss-born Carl Gustav Jung (known as C.G. to his peers) developed during the infancy of the emerging field known as psychology, established him as a pioneer and one of the founding fathers of depth psychology. The broader field of psychology was essentially born in 1879 when German physician and philosopher, Wilhelm Wundt, set up the first laboratory that carried out psychological research. The next few years marked the award of the first doctorate in psychology, the first title “professor of psychology, and the establishment of the American Psychological Association in 1892 (Zimbardo, 2001). In 1890, American philosopher William James, published Principles of Psychology, which marked an important transition from a mental philosophy to a scientific psychology. A few years later, in 1896, a Viennese medical doctor trained in neurology, Sigmund Freud, introduced the term “psychoanalysis” to define the practice of “talk therapy"...

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Comment by Bonnie Bright on July 30, 2013 at 1:38pm

Thanks, Rick. Glad to hear it. I agree--there are several excellent essays in the book. Too bad the actual Occupy movement was quashed by media and other powers that be so soon...though there is much to be learned from it's short existence. Also, as Jung suggests, energetic and archetypal forces such as the Occupy movement, when repressed, are likely to erupt elsewhere...

Comment by Rick Carp on July 30, 2013 at 8:38am

I have that book! Good piece, good collection.


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