Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a by Sonu Shamdasani

By Sonu Shamdasani

After a long time of delusion making, C.G. Jung is still some of the most misunderstood figures in Western highbrow background. This entire examine of the origins of his psychology offers a brand new point of view at the upward push of recent psychology and psychotherapy. It reconstructs the reception of Jung's paintings within the human sciences, and its impression at the social and highbrow background of the 20th century. The publication creates a foundation for any destiny dialogue of Jung by way of establishing new vistas in psychology.

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1 For Wundt, it was the adoption of experimentation that decisively segregated what he styled as empirical psychology from the previous metaphysical psychology (1902, 10). The aims of the latter had been the discovery of the fundamental laws of the mind through speculation. He held that there were two methods in natural science: experimentation and observation. The former was used wherever possible. The latter was applicable in fields such as botany and zoology with natural objects that remained relatively constant.

The adequacy of the Freudocentric view of Jung, in which psychoanalysis features as the key determining context for the emergence of complex psychology, has been assumed as self-evident. 16 The Freudian legend has mystified the formation of modern psychotherapy and psychologies of the unconscious. Indeed, the terms “Freud” and “Jung” have in effect become sign-systems that refer, unknowingly, to several critical decades of debates in modern European thought. Meanwhile, many of the protagonists and issues have been completely forgotten.

To continue to refer to Jungian psychology today in the singular – even subdivided into schools – has become an anachronism. In the first instance, Jung did not intend to form a particular school of psychotherapy, but, in line with the unitary conceptions of psychology in the late nineteenth century, intended to establish psychology in general. In 1934, he established a Psychology Fund at the Eidgenossische ¨ Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich, ¨ whose initial aim was to fund a lectureship to be held at a Swiss university.

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