Analysis Of Carl Jung´S Memories, Dreams, And Reflections

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The book Memories, Dreams, and Reflections features Jung's childhood, his personal life, and exploration into the psyche in association with religion as well. Jung reveals much of life experiences and acquaintances that were forged throughout his life. Aside from self-reflections, thoughts, and ideas, Jung also offers recall of early memories—childhood dreams, visions, in connection with his adulthood. Although Jung was not without his faults, he ponders on his weaknesses, some that he accepted and worked with—dipping into the unconsciousness (darkness) to find meaning. Similar to prior readings, Jung also attempts to find meaning in his own life, "meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore the equivalent to illness.” Furthermore, Jung states that people are childish and they have to be guided through religion in order to adapt to reality. Therefore, religious enlightenment is necessary to promote healthy well-being of humankind. “How are they ever to emerge if analysis does not make them aware of something different or better?” questions Jung.
After reading the chapters from Jung, the elephant in the room cannot be ignored. Based on what I’ve gathered Jung forged a friendship with Freud for personal gains. Freud anticipated his “death” before it occurred, in the metaphorical sense; publication of Jung’s chapter “The Sacrifice” which Jung lied to Freud about when questioned about death and death wishes. Coincidentally, once Jung obtained the knowledge he sought by befriending Freud, the publication resulted negatively for Jung despite not adhering to Freud’s request: strong emphasis on sexuality with the unconscious. Consequently Jung was deterred from his path in life. In certain instances, Jung mentions dwelling in the darkness to find meaning. He went deeper and reflects into his childhood based on archetypes formed from mythology. Eventually he manages to restore meaning in his life once he integrates mandala allusions; drawing circles and scribing its meaning, as opposed to using mythology to understand experiences.
Unlike Freud whose main force behind the psyche was sexuality, nevertheless it had much deeper unconscious meaning in which some are revealed through dreams, thus the practice of dream interpretations both by Freud and Jung. Freud should be given more credit than he deserves, even though his work was mainly influenced by sexuality and its function of the conscious and unconscious. Jung...

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