Carl Jung was a psychologist who sought to explain much of human psychology through mythology and by noting humanity's use of a startlingly unified symbology, even across cultures. Jung referred to these common symbols as archetypes. He wrote a book, Man and his Symbols, to explain as much, and his work was heavily influential on Joseph Campbell, who examined similar topics.
Life of Carl Gustav Jung
Carl Gustav Jung was born on July 26, 1875. He had initially wanted to be an archaeologist, but his parents could not afford to send further than Basle, where he grew up, so he studied medicine at the University of Basle. Towards the end of his time there he got interested in psychiatry, and later worked with Eugen Bleuler at the Burgholzli in Zurich. He took an interest in psychoanalysis and corresponded with Sigmund Freud and he later worked with Freud, but he later fell out with Freud. Thereafter, he called his psychology "analytical psychology" to distinguish it from Freud's psychoanalysis. He died on June 6, 1961.
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