Carl Gustav Jung made many contributions to the world of psychology. Perhaps his most important contribution was the work that he did on personality types. Jung did a lot of work with the conscious and unconscious states of mind as well as creating seven interacting systems that make up one's personality. His work has been used in many fields of study including psychology, literature, and education (Thorne and Henley, 2001). Personality typing is one aspect of psychology that I find extremely interesting. Jung's theory on personality is intriguing and provided a framework for test makers to develop personality assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Thorne and Henley, 2001). Jung's theories of personality such as the ego, personal unconscious, and collective unconscious provide insight into the reasons people behave in the manner they choose as well as providing information as to how people interact with one another. Jung's work was an important contribution to understanding human behavior and this topic is most interesting. Jung developed a personality theory that came to be known as analytical psychology. His writings were interesting even though at times they can be difficult to read. In order to appreciate the work done by Jung it is important to first take a look at his life as well of his theories.
Carl Gustav Jung was born in 1875 in Kesswil, Switzerland. His father was a Reformed Church minister. His parents had an unhappy marriage and as a result Jung developed distrust for women. Jung's mother spent time in a hospital for what Jung believed was "two personalities (Kerr, 1993). As a result of his dysfunctional family
life, Jung developed into an unsociable child that had difficulty developing friendships with others. Jung had never been taught the proper behavior for social situations and was not able to communicate well with other classmates. A lifelong friend, Albert Oeri, describes Jung in the foll