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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Carl Jung


http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/carl-jung/

Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist well known for his influence on analytical psychology.  He was born in the small town of Kesswil in Switzerland.  His father Paul was a pastor and his mother Emilie came from a prominent Swiss family.

Jung was an introvert and solitary child.  He was convinced that he had two personalities.  Personality 1 was a normal typical schoolboy who lived in his current time, while Personality 2 was a dignified and authoritative man in the past.

When he was 12 he was sent to boarding school in Basel.  He recounted an experience where he was pushed by another boy and lost consciousness.   The incident had a great impact on Jung’s mind that whenever school started or he had homework he would faint.  Later he realized that because of these incidents he came to know what neurosis was.

He later went to study medicine at the University of Basel where he worked under the famous psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing.

One of the most famous of Jung’s work is his collection of archetypes.  According to him these archetypes are contents of the collective unconscious. These archetypes are latent in all of us, dictating albeit subtly, how we behave or act.  Archetypes have no form but are “organizing principles” on what we see or do.

He stressed that understanding the psyche through exploring the world of dreams, myths, art, religion and philosophy is essential to a healthy psyche that can reach higher levels of conscientiousness.

Jung believed that our life has a spiritual purpose beyond material gain.  He believed that our purpose was to discover our true potential.  Through his study of other religions like Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Gnosticism, Jung came to the conclusion that this mystical journey is at the heart of meeting our true self and the Divine.  He thought that a spiritual experience is part of our well being.

Jung was friends with another great psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud.  It was said that when the two first met, they talked for 13 straight hours.  And although he and Freud influenced different schools of psychiatry, their friendship proved important in a way that they helped each other during their intellectual formative years.

Theology and spirituality was the main dividing factor in how Freud and Jung shaped their views of the unconscious.  Freud being an Atheist shunned all religious or spiritual connections to the psyche.

Jung died in 1961 after a short illness.  His writings live on to help many more students and seekers searching for higher meaning from within.

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