02/08/2021

Categories: Psychology, Undergradute

Who is Carl Jung (Important Figures in Psychology)

Carl Jung was one of the most influential people in psychology, but what did he do and why does his work matter?

At the University of Bolton, we’ve been voted No.1 in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Psychology Courses* for the second year running! So there’s nowhere better to begin your career if you dream of working in this exciting field.

Our degrees combine interactive learning with practical training for the workplace, as well as exploring core theories and important figures throughout history. One of our favourite psychiatrists is Carl Jung, and here are some fun and interesting facts about him!

Who is Carl Jung?

Carl Gustav Jung was born in 1875, and lived and worked in Switzerland as a psychiatrist. He spent his working years seeing patients, as well as being a pioneer in experimental research in the field. He later specialised in psychoanalysis and developed innovative ways to deal with symptoms, dreams, fantasies and visions.

He is best known for creating the field of analytical psychology, which explored the human psyche and was designed to evolve from Freud's psychoanalytic theories after their seven-year collaboration came to an end in 1912.

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Why is he important?

Jung is important in psychology because much of his work still holds relevance to this day. While some of his behaviour-orientated research involving mice and pigeons is of no use anymore, many of his theories remain effective for the study of the mind.

His biggest work shed light on the hidden parts of human nature. For instance, Jung showed us that the same symptom in different people can represent different things, making diagnosis much more complex than humans first thought.

He also taught that dream symbols are confusing due to their metaphorical meanings, and he also developed the 12 Jungian Psychology Archetypes, which were used to better understand people and their drives.

 

Is his work relevant today?

While some of his theories and ideas are not used in modern psychology, he as a figure is still an important person to study. In fact, some consider Carl Jung more relevant today than ever before.

He is known as the founder of ‘depth psychology’, an area of study that explores how the unconscious aspects of the human experience influence psychological conditions and treatment. His approach to his work was also highly inclusive and integral of the fullness of the entire human experience.

This means that he included religion and spirituality, something that only a few of his predecessors had managed to do. 

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Do you want to study psychology at university?

If learning about psychological theories and understanding how the mind works interests you, applying for this subject could be the right step. 

Studying psychology at the University of Bolton is a great career move, because a degree in this subject opens up a world of opportunities (and not just in a healthcare setting).

Our wide selection of undergraduate courses help you develop transferable skills for almost any workplace, particularly in social work, teaching, human resources, market research, media and advertising, and communications.

There’s also the opportunity to move onto a master’s to build your skills for clinical roles.

To find out more about applying for a place starting in September 2021, see our available courses online. It’s not too late!

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

 

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