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Carl Jung is often referred to as one of the founding fathers of psychology Hes been called everything from a sinner to the person who helped revolutionized psychology After dedicating more than half of his life to psychology he finally received recognition Carl Jung was born in Kesswil on Lake Constance in Switzerland on July 26 18751 He was the oldest and first surviving child of his parents Two brothers died as infants before jung was born Jungs father was a Protestant clergyman as were his eight uncles His father was also a philologist Unknown 1999 Especially concerned with his fathers failing belief in religion he tried to communicate to him with his own experiences of God Unknown 1999 His fathers disposition was an irritable one and he was often difficult to get along with Nordby 1975 His mother suffered from a neurotic disorder and often fought with his father which made her inaccessible most of the time 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 His teenage years were characterized by confusion and inquisitiveness especially about religion In 1895 he began his college studies at the University of Basel With the history of religion in his family the choice of a career was a difficult one Jung seemed destined to become a minister for there were a number of clergymen on both sides of his family In his teens he discovered philosophy and read widely and this together with the disappointments of his boyhood led him to forsake the strong family tradition and to study medicine and become a psychiatrist Unknown 1999 He began studying archeology however his interests changed towards medicine and in 1900 he moved to the University of Zurich He began his career in 1900 as an assistant to Eugen Bleuler at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Zurich
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