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Carl Gustav Jung Carl Gustav Jung 1875-1961 was a son of a minister in Switzerland He was born on July 26 in the small village of Kesswil on Lake Constance He was named after his grandfather a professor of medicine at the University of Basel He was the oldest child and only surviving son of a Swiss Reform pastor Two brothers died in infancy before Jung was born Jungs mother was a neurotic and often fought with his father Father was usually lonely and very irritable When the child could not take his mothers depressions and his parents fights he sought refuge in the attic where he played with a wooden mannequin Carl was exposed to death early in life since his father was a minister and attended many funerals taking his son with him Also Jung saw many fishermen get killed in the waterfalls and also many pigs get slaughtered When he was eleven he went to a school in Basel met many rich people and realized that he was poor compared to them He liked to read very much outside of class and detested math and physical education classes Actually gym class used to give him fainting spells neurosis and his father worried that Jung wouldnt make a good living because of his spells After Carl found out about his fathers concern the faints suddenly stopped and Carl became much more studious He had to decide his profession His choices included archeology history medicine and philosophy He decided to go into medicine partly because of his grandfather Carl went to the University of Basel and had to decide then what field of medicine he was going to go into After reading a book on psychiatry he decided that this was the field for him although psychiatry was not a respectable field at the time Jung became an assistant at the Burgholzli Mental hospital in Zurich a famous medical hospital He studied under Eugen
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