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Carl Jung Carl Gustav Jung 1875-1961 was a son of a minister in SwitzerlandHe was born on July 26 in the small village of Kesswil on Lake ConstanceHe was named after his grandfather a professor of medicine at the Universityof Basel He was the oldest child and only surviving son of a Swiss Reformpastor Two brothers died in infancy before Jung was born Jungs motherwas a neurotic and often fought with his father Father was usually lonelyand very irritable When the child could not take his mothers depressionsand his parents fights he sought refuge in the attic where he played witha wooden mannikin Carl was exposed to death early in life since his fatherwas a minister and attended many funerals taking his son with him AlsoJung saw many fishermen get killed in the waterfalls and also many pigs getslaughtered When he was eleven he went to a school in Basel met many richpeople and realized that he was poor compared to them He liked to readvery much outside of class and detested math and physical education classesActually gym class used to give him fainting spells neurosis and his fatherworried that Jung wouldnt make a good living because of his spells AfterCarl found out about his fathers concern the faints suddenly stopped andCarl became much more studious He had to decide his profession Hischoices included archeology history medicine and philosophy He decidedto go into medicine partly because of his grandfather Carl went to theUniversity of Basel and had to decide then what field of medicine he wasgoing to go into After reading a book on psychiatry he decided that thiswas the field for him although psychiatry was not a respectable field atthe time Jung became an assistant at the Burgholzli Mental hospital in Zuricha famous medical hospital He studied under Eugen Bleuler who was a famouspsychiatrist who defined schizophrenia Jung was also influenced by Freudwith whom he later became good friends Freud called him his
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