Freud and Jung Personality Theories Psy362

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Freud and Jung Personality Theories PSY362 Freud and Jung shared a very close friendship for about seven years. Their relationship started with correspondence between the two men from 1906 until they met in person in 1907. Freud who was 50 at the time and an influential figure in the world of psychology had praised Jung who was 31 at the time for his understandings and to be one day his successor. One of the possible reasons for change in their friendship may have stemmed from Jung challenged of Freud’s theories. Each man had their own personal theory about the unconscious mind. To understand the differences lets discuss, “One of the first cases that inspired Freud in the development of what would eventually become the Psychoanalytic Theory was the case of Anna O.” (Hurst, 1982) “Freud’s greatest contribution to personality theory is his exploration of the unconscious and his insistence that people are motivated primarily by drives of which they have little or no awareness.” (Feist, 2009) Freud takes this further by dividing the unconscious into the unconscious and the preconscious. “The unconscious contains all those drives, urges, or instincts that are beyond our awareness but that nevertheless motivate most of our words, feelings, and actions.” (Feist, 2009) This notion was explained as one that dreams, slips of the tongue and forgetting were projected from the unconscious mind. Freud model of mental life was the conscious (ego), preconscious (superego) and the unconscious (id). Considering Freud’s theory it appears that Anna O. had a past which was stored deep into the unconscious that was affecting the mental and physical part of her life. Jung however, argued that the unconscious had no relationship to the ego and it had no direct effect on personality of individuals. Jung’s theory of the mental life was also divided into three parts ego,
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