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In Jungs Analysis Psychology the relationship between psychology and theology is explored in a considerable more positive light then Freuds previous reductionist work This essay will outline Jungs main ideas demonstrate that at first glance these resemble a non-realist theology highlight the limitations of this view showing that there is a distinction between the claims of psychological reality of Jungs model and the conditions required for a theological reality and finally compare this with the view of God within other psychological models Like Freud Jung started his work in psychology dealing with the mentally ill Jungs early career was spent in experimental research at the University of Basel and Burgholzi hospital Whilst working with disturbed patients he began to look for meaning in seemingly meaningless vocal outpourings His studies led him to conclude that we can understand the symbols within such speech by placing the expressions within the context of the patients own life thus we find coherence and may begin helping the patient to settle their psychological imbalance Jungs means of gaining this understanding was through word association This approach leads the psychiatrist to view the world from the patients perspective it is a subjective psychological model Despite this significant beak-through Jung began to reject experimental psychology declaring twenty years later whosoever wishes to know about the human mind will learn nothing or almost nothing from experimental psychology Hence Jung followed Freud into the field of psychoanalysis Like Freud Jung believed that to treat neuroses one first had to look into a persons unconscious that area of the mind which the patient has no real control and which only reveals itself in non-rational thought such as dreams or slips of speech However Jung disagreed with Freuds emphasis on sexual development and argued that psychotic states such as schizophrenia cannot be explained by disturbances of a sexual nature For Jung the individual is a complex of both conscious and unconscious process the
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