Psychology and the Occult

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Ark Paperbacks, 1987 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 166 pages
Over his long career, Jung maintained a compelling interest in occult phenomena as a subject of psychological concern. His very first publication, in 1902, was a psychiatric study of a medium, and his letters and autobiography frequently comment on parapsychological phenomena. This collection brings together Jung's writing on the occult, beginning in 1902 and concluding in 1960, the year before his death. Included is the text of a public lecture 'On Spiritualist Phenomena', in which he surveyed the history and psychology of the subject in America and Europe, and told of his experience in investigating eight mediums in Zurich.

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Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland on July 26, 1875. He originally set out to study archaeology, but switched to medicine and began practicing psychiatry in Basel after receiving his degree from the University of Basel in 1902. He became one of the most famous of modern psychologists and psychiatrists. Jung first met Sigmund Freud in 1907 when he became his foremost associate and disciple. The break came with the publication of Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious (1912), which did not follow Freud's theories of the libido and the unconscious. Jung eventually rejected Freud's system of psychoanalysis for his own "analytic psychology." This emphasizes present conflicts rather than those from childhood; it also takes into account the conflict arising from what Jung called the "collective unconscious"---evolutionary and cultural factors determining individual development. Jung invented the association word test and contributed the word complex to psychology, and first described the "introvert" and "extrovert" types. His interest in the human psyche, past and present, led him to study mythology, alchemy, oriental religions and philosophies, and traditional peoples. Later he became interested in parapsychology and the occult. He thought that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) might be a psychological projection of modern people's anxieties. He wrote several books including Studies in Word Association, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, and Psychology and Alchemy. He died on June 6, 1961 after a short illness.

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