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Carl Jung

by Gillian from San Diego

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"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves" ("Carl Jung." BrainyQuote.com). Jung used his knowledge of psychiatry to help better educate people about the basic principles of psychiatry. Carl Jung was psychiatrist and psychologist from 1900 to 1944. He was born on on July 26, 1875, in Kesswil Switzerland ("Carl Jung."). Jung's major accomplishments were in the areas of the unconscious and the introvert and extrovert personalities. He studied at the University of Basel and went to the University of Zurich to get his M.D ("Carl Jung."). His hard work eventually led him to fellow psychologist, Sigmund Freud. The two men began to work together and became close friends. This ended when Jung and Freud ideas no longer corresponded with each other's. When Carl separated himself from Freud he was able to really take off with his career. He further developed his ideas and wrote multiple books to shape the way others thought on the subject. These include, Modern Man In Search Of a Soul, The Undiscovered Self, The Red Book, and Psychological Types. His career was extremely successful and moved the views of psychiatry in ways they had never been before. He died on June 6, 1961("Carl Jung."). A hero must possess diligence and passion in order to achieve their goals to better the world. Diligence is necessary because without hard work and drive it's hard to accomplish anything. If one is unwilling to give up, they have a much better chance of succeeding. Passion is just as important because even if one has the strength to do things if they aren't passionate about it there is no use in doing anything. When one possesses eagerness in their career, their work goes above and beyond what is expected. This is evident in the case of Carl Jung's life. Carl Jung's work in the field of psychiatry and psychology has led the way for discoveries of the personality and the unconscious. His diligence and passion has given people a better understanding of themselves and other people.

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Carl Jung is a hero because his diligence drove him to make the fascinating discoveries that he made over the course of his career. He made many developments throughout his life in psychiatry and psychology, but some fell above others on a scale of greatness. His ideas of personality fell at the top. "His most important development from this early period was his conception of introverts and extroverts and the notion that people can be categorized as one of the two, depending on the extent to which they exhibit certain functions of consciousness. Jung's work in this area was featured in his 1921 publication Psychological Types"("Carl Jung."Bio.com.). His work in the two types of personalities was very successful. He produced extrovert and introvert to help categorize people by the way they act in order for them to be properly understood by others. People were now able to identify themselves with one type and differentiate from others in a positive way.. This idea is now used on a regular basis by an average person to describe one's own personality and that of others. This went on to be one his most significant discoveries during that time. He wrote a book on the subject that became widely popular in the field of psychiatry. His self drive influenced the quality of his work in many ways. Without it, his idea may not have been as well developed and may not have had the great impact that it does today. Another one of his important developments was the "process of individuation" as he called it. "Of prime importance to Jung was the biography of the stages of inner development and of the maturation of the personality, which he termed the "process of individuation." He described a strong impulse from the unconscious to guide the individuation toward its specific, most complete uniqueness"("Carl Gustav Jung."). The development of personality within a human being was one of Jung's most important ideas. He believed that growing into the person one is, is one of the most important stages of development in a human being. Finding one's own personality can make or break the type of person they will be in the future. He said that a strong impulse occurred from the unconscious that made the foundation of one's personality. Carl Jung's work to further understand the personality of humans was extremely eye-opening during the time of his career. His hard work and diligence are the reason that he was so successful in his profession.

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Carl Jung is a hero because his passion for his studies shaped him to be the intelligent and prosperous psychiatrist he was. Jung was raised surrounded by occultism in his family. This played into his ideas on psychiatry. An example of this is, "Out of this basic understanding of the self several concepts of particular relevance to the modern occult community emerged. For example, Jung saw the unconscious as consisting of two layers--the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious"("Carl Gustav Jung." World). Jung used his prior knowledge and belief of occult studies to make his own theories of the unconscious. As a child, he was familiar with the occult community through his mother. This is what inspired him to make the discoveries that he did as a psychiatrist. At first, he was immediately dismissed as irrelevant because the social science community didn't want anything to do with the "supernatural," but when someone actually took him into consideration, they realized how well thought out his work was. His ideas that were thought to be foolish helped him in the long run. Jung worked closely with Sigmund Freud on their understanding of the unconscious, until they started to disagree about it. "For him the unconscious not only is a disturbing factor causing psychic illnesses but also is fundamentally the seed of man's creativeness and the roots of human consciousness. With such ideas Jung came increasingly into conflict with Freud, who regarded Jung's ideas as unscientific" ("Carl Gustav Jung." Encyclopedia of World). Jung believed the unconscious to be the cause behind one's creativity and the root of their conscious mind. He developed his work under the influence and help of his friend Freud. They worked together and became successful as a team, until their views began to drift into very different theories. His ideas were diminished by Freud but that didn't stop him for furthering his studies. He continued on with what he believed without Freud and later became a worldwide success on his own. Jung's thriving career came to a sudden hold when he experienced a severe heart attack. He started up with work again as soon as he could. "Although his health forced him to resign, he continued writing about analytical psychology for the rest of his life and promoting the attainment of psychic wholeness through personal transformation and self discovery"("Carl Gustav Jung." World). Jung was set back by the seriousness of his health issues. But this couldn't stop him from continuing with what he loved. He continued writing about his work to spread the word to people all over. One of Jung's goals was to emphasize the importance of finding one's self and understanding that. By being more aware of how our minds work, we can make better decisions for ourselves and about other people. He worked with a drive like no other in order to get this message across to everyone he could, ignoring his own personal health issues. Jung did not let anyone talk him down or let his own problems get in the way of his passion for his work and studies.

Carl Jung worked his entire life in order to teach people how to fully comprehend how their mind works. He wanted to bring people together under a common understanding of each other. This was made possible due to his diligence and passion for the fields of psychiatry and psychology. He furthered the ideas of the unconscious, the introvert and extrovert personalities, and the "process of individuation." His idea of the extrovert and introvert personalities is now relevant to the average person. He believed the unconscious was behind human creativity and consciousness. His work as a psychiatrist and a psychologist influenced many other members of his field and is present in today's community of social scientists. Carl jung is inspiring because he used his career to help other people, rather than be wealthy and famous. His main goal was to create a new society that had a common understanding of social science and therefore would not discriminate against those who were mentally ill or different personality wise. He tried to achieve this his entire life, and I think that today is the closest we have ever been to what he had envisioned. Carl Jung was an incredible psychiatrist who changed the way people looked at themselves and others forever. "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes"("Carl Jung." BrainyQuote.com).

Works Cited Page "Carl Gustav Jung." Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Biography in Context. Web. 2 May 2016. "Carl Gustav Jung." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 2 May 2016. "Carl Gustav Jung." World of Health. Gale, 2007. Biography in Context. Web. 2 May 2016. "Carl Jung." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 02 May 2016. http://www.biography.com/people/carl-jung-9359134. "Carl Jung." BrainyQuote.com. Xplore Inc, 2016. 10 May 2016. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/carljung114802.html Hyde, Maggie, Michael McGuinness, and Maggie Hyde. Introducing Jung: A Graphic Thriplow: Icon, 2008. Print.

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