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Carl Jung

    Carl Jung was a well known psychiatrist, who founded analytical psychology. He related a person's mental and emotional disturbances with his/her personal and spiritual wholeness.

    He was born in 1875 in Switzerland. His father was a clergyman. His childhood was lonely and thus he developed a habit of dreaming and fantasizing. He studied in Germany with elite class of students, although he was poor. One day, his companions at school knocked him down in the street. His head hit a stone and he fainted. Whenever he attended school, he became prone of fainting. This behavior continued until his father understood the seriousness of the problem and arranged for his medical aid.

    When Carl became a grown-up person, he realized the inconvenience caused to everyone due to him. He repented for it and become inspired to know what neurosis is and how human behavior is related with psychology.

    In 1902, he became graduate in medicine and joined Psychiatric Hospital at Zurich. There he practiced the method of free association with his mental patients that lent him an insight into the repressed complexes of the person. These studies brought him fame and there was no looking back at the troubled past. Jung wrote a book, 'Psychology of the Unconscious' on the basis of his own observation.

    Later on Jung started practicing at his home village on the shore of the Lake of Zurich and received patients from all over the world. He wrote about thirty books on the unconscious mind. He also analyzed dreams and interpreted the working of the unconscious mind. Dreams symbolized ignored or rejected aspects of our own personality, as well as some hidden truth. He also observed that dreams tried to convey some important messages to their people. So people must learn to interpret their dreams. When Jung was in his 86th year of his life, he dreamt of a second home, bathed in radiant light. Then he heard a voice telling him that it was now finished and the time had come for him to get ready.

    At the same time he saw a mother wolf teaching her pup to swim. Jung woke up and interpreted that it was a clear message to prepare him for death. Carl Jung threw light on unconscious mind and meanings of dreams. He died in 1961, leaving behind rich explorations of mind and books.

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