C G Jung Society of Melbourne Inc

Join us in the quest for wholeness through Jungian archetypes of duality and integration

A forum established in 1962 for discussion, exploration and continued development and application of the concepts espoused by the Swiss psychoanalyst - Carl Gustav Jung


Carl Gustav Jung

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
— Carl Gustav Jung "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" 1963

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 - 6 June 1961) was born in Switzerland, the son of a Protestantpastor.  As an early psychiatrist Jung was initially a close  associate of Freud, but in 1913 as Jung began to view the human psyche as ‘by nature religious’ that relationship had fractured.  Jung then began his long and solitary journey of confrontation with the inner self. 

Out of this derived Jung’s whole approach to the collective unconscious and the individuation process - whereby one comes to live fully the spiritual and material, the conscious and unconscious aspects of oneself.  He called his approach ‘analytical psychology'.  Jung explored: myth, archetypes, fairy tales, symbols, astrology, literature and the arts; recognizing in them a calling to ‘go beyond’. This inner journey, largely via dreams and creative expression, necessitates an encounter with the Shadow and the anima/animus.

Jung found parallels to his thinking in his study of Gnosticism and alchemy – both European and Chinese. His cultural expeditions took him to Africa, India and America. 

Jung’s work also gave religious experience an image, a form, in which to express itself.  He considered Christianity to be a dynamic evolving relationship with God, but having foundations that remain the same eternally. In the latter part of his life he wrote about evil, undeserved suffering, and God’s relation to these. His work on synchronicity challenged ideas of time space and causality.

Jung’s work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy, archaeology, anthropology, literature and related fields. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed from Jung’s theory of personality types. He was a prolific writer, many of whose works were not published until after his death – most notably The Red Book. 

Glossary of Jungian Terms

Astrology of Carl Gustav Jung

A Sampler of Books and Essays by Jung

On Life After Death

The Shadow

The Undiscovered Self  

Chapter 26. "Art as Archetypal Form"

"Memories, Dreams & Reflections"

Just a Few of the Many Essays and Other Works about Jung

The Analytical Psychology of Carl Gustav Jung

The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology

The Mystical Chorus

"Jung and the Other"

Documentaries& Lectures online

A Matter of Heart       1/8 videos

The Wisdom of the Dream
Vol 1  A Life of Dreams
Vol 2  Inheritance of Dreams
Vol 3  A World of Dreams

Carl Gustav Jung & the Red Book - Library of Congress Symposium
Part 1     Sonu Shamdasmani, James Hillman, Ann Ulanov
Part 2    Joseph Cambray, Ernst Falzeder, George Makari, Betty Flowers, John Beebe, Thomas Kirsch

  Jung and Aging: Bring life to the possibilities & potentials for vital aging
   Part 1         Part 2

Carl Jung – BBC:  In our time

Carl G. Jung and Rudolf Steiner by Robert McDermott and Sean Kelly(2012)
                Part 1        Part 2      Part 3

Depth Psychology - Lectures by Jordan B Peterson
                Part 1           Part 2

Jung on Film - 1957 interview by Dr Richard Evans

Face to Face with Carl Jung: "Man Cannot Stand a Meaningless Life' -  1959 interview by John Freeman

Laurens van der Post Remembers C G Jung

Remembering Jung - Talk with Liliane Frey-Rohn

The World Within:  C G Jung in his own words


C G Jung Quotes

Carl Jung Quotes

The Quotations Page


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