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What sets apart the theories of Dr. Carl G. Jung from the majority of other modern psychological schools of thought? Simply put, in Jung’s “map of the soul,” he made room for a living, breathing, and interactive experience of God within the human psyche.
Jung discovered within the human psyche what he considered to be a healthy, life giving “religious experience” of God. Thus, from Jung's perspective, having a direct “religious experience” was no longer necessarily relegated to being a precursor for the dark diagnosis of a neurotic and/or psychotic break with “reality.”
Jung's psychological theories, and his making room for God in the psyche, did not "sit well" with many of his peers in the "scientific community." During his life (and continuing today), Jung was to be repeatedly charged with the heinous crime of "mixing science with mysticism."
Making room for "God in the Psyche," however had the inevitable opposite effect on “the faithful” from virtually every metaphysical belief system on the planet. Thus, Carl G. Jung has now become somewhat of an unofficial poster child for any and all religious faiths wishing to establish some sort of credibility. This, of course, includes many members of the more “acceptable” and “traditional” mainline metaphysical belief systems such as Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and so forth. It also includes many of today's lesser known, less traditional, metaphysical belief systems.
Therefore, it's important to note (what should otherwise be obvious) - that just because someone quotes Jung (even if it happens to be me) - their embracing of Jung's theories of the psyche doesn't necessarily equate with having had Jung's personal "seal of approval."
Jung studied medicine in Basel, and in 1900 he became an assistant professor at the Psychiatric Clinic attached to the University of Zurich. He then spent the majority of the next nine years there, in 1905 receiving the position of instructor of psychiatry. During this period of time, Jung was becoming increasingly interested in Sigmund Freud’s methods of psychoanalysis and in the “unconscious.”
Then, on March 3, 1907, the much younger Carl Jung met the elder Sigmund Freud. With Freud, steadfastly in the role and position of elder mentor, the two men became friends and maintained frequent correspondence with one another. Freud was very fond of Jung and was, by many accounts, preparing Jung as his (Freud’s) heir apparent in the field of Freudian analysis.
In 1909, Jung left his position with the University of Zurich and began his own private practice as a physician and psychotherapist.