Carl Jung Personality Theory

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Carl Jung began his studies under Sigmund Freud, and was seen by many as Freud’s “son.” This of course was not true, but much of Jung’s basis for his theory of personality stands as a reflection of Freud’s work. To center Jung’s theory is his unveiling of the psyche, which serves as ones equilibrium and our everlasting strive for harmony within. This, like Freud’s theory, is sexually driven by the sexual energy, libido. The libido is ultimately what controls the future of a person through motivation; this is also known as being teleological. I enjoy reading about this theory because of the detail that encompasses the psyche. Jung mentions how the psyche is continuously being manipulated based on out experiences throughout a lifetime. The psyche controls what is remembered and how it is remembered through the work of the ego, which in Jung’s term means the conscious mind. The ego is also responsible for feelings of identity and continuity, both of which are vital to healthy living. The unconscious mind played as the structure to building a personality, according to Jung. The personal unconscious is where the consciousness retrieves repressed, or simply put-aside thoughts, emotions, memories and perceptions. Here, all retrieved data is grouped into clusters forming what is known as a complex, which is defined as an organized group of thoughts, feelings, and memories about a particular concept. An example would be how one might feel about politics. Going further on politics, if this person enjoys politics, this complex may take on strong constellating power, which would draw greater personal attention by that individual. Outside of the personal unconscious lies the collective unconscious, which is more transpersonal, meaning it consists of certain potentialities that we all share because we are human. This concept is defined mostly by culture and overall
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