Theory of Analytical Psychology

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Running head: Theory of Analytical Psychology

Research Paper
PSYC 341 Carl Jung’s Theory of Analytical Psychology

Psychology of Personality
A. M. Barnett

January 17, 2006

Carl Gustav Jung was bone July 26, 1875 (Feist and Feist, 2002). He was blessed to be surrounded by an educated family, including clergymen. Carl Jung as a young man was a colleague of Freud. His life’s work was exploring the unconscious. Freud’s theory of the unconscious made the unconscious sound unpleasant. It involved crazy desires, incestuous cravings, and frightening experiences that would come back to haunt a person. Based on Freud’s theory, one would understandably be terrified of making the unconscious conscious. Jung,
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Research has been done in support of Jung’s theory of sensitiveness. Sensitive people exposed to the same amount of stress as a non-sensitive person tend to develop more depression, anxiety, and shyness. This research conducted by Elaine Aron revisited Jung’s idea of innate sensitiveness by discussing recent research on sensitivity, Jung’s thoughts on the trait, the use of the term by other depth psychologist, and looking at the interaction of the trait with life experiences. The discussions involved attempting to answer question such as why some people are more sensitive than others in a given situation. Aron’s curiosity motivated her to review the psychological literature on the subject. She discovered that there was a correlation between sensitivity and introversion. This discovery prompted research on introversion. Introversion is usually measured by one’s low degree of sociability. Jung on the other hand defines introversion as the reference to approach a situation by attempting to understand it thoroughly through subjective processing. various Research conducted in the past concluded that introverts are more sensitive to stimuli and stimulants, more vigilant during discrimination tasks, more influenced by implicit learning paradigms, more reflective when given feedback, and slower to acquire and forget information. These findings tended to be more supportive of Jung’s 1921 description of introverts. Aron interviewed 40 persons from


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