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The Four Stages in Jung's Life
C.G. Jung's life may be divided into a few basic stages:
- His activity in the Burgholzli clinic run by the famous Bleuler. This is the period of his famous work on free associations and of observations on psychic manifestations of the mentally ill. Such observations are to be used in his maturity work.
This period left its print on his work "Metamorphoses of the Libido and Its Symbols". Nevertheless, the first signs of Jung's separation from Freudian theories too emerge in this work.
- The period of confrontation with unconscious. Jung gives up his medical career and withdraws from all positions previously held in the psychoanalytical movement. He makes a brutal break from Freud and, in almost complete solitude and a mood verging to schizophrenia, devotes himself to the study of his own unconscious mind. There is constant source here of inspiration for his mature work.
He also deals with synchronistic phenomena, I Ching - presenting Richard Wilhelm to European conscience.
He wrote alchemist and astrological works and comments of great importance. His considerable work is very resistant to systematisation. His doctrine - rather philosophical than psychological - determined Freud to assert his former disciple's alienation from psychoanalytical theories and his attraction to prophetic movement (a hint to Jung's testimonies of his dreams and prophetic visual impressions).
The various columns of the present site will approach each of these stages separately, while trying to provide an as truthful and pragmatic image as possible of Jungian psychology.<<< Back to Carl Jung Biography
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