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What is the difference between Jungian and Freudian view on psychology?

Asked by gilgamesh (227points) July 11th, 2007

I was wondering what the main difference was because i was getting confused by their two different views.

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JCS's avatar

Oh man. This is a big question. A lot of it had to do with Freud's emphasis on the libido, Jung thinking that Freud placed to much emphasis on it. Also, on religion, metaphysics, and the occult. Freud famously called it "the black tide of mud." Thus, Jung often wrote about things like synchronicity or the collective unconscious, concepts that Freud highly disproved of. They also differed greatly in their approach to dreams. Freud viewed them as wish fulfillments, usually having to do with repressed sexuality. Jung viewed them as subconscious messages speaking to us in an ancient language of symbols and archetypes that we must learn to interpret and decipher. That said, at a time the two men were very close, Freud considering the younger Jung his heir.

fuse1921's avatar

Jung had no particular views on Jews.

JCS's avatar

I disagree. Jung wrote plenty about Jews. For some examples see:

Evan's avatar

Jung also wrote about personality types, to a big extent. The origins of the now common "extrovert" and "introvert" ideas came from Jung. Also the Myers-Briggs test, so common these days, is based on extensive writings of Jung.

JCS is right.. the differences are really just monumental. At least as different as between Plato/Socrates and Aristotle.. just to use a similar student/teacher example. I would recommend doing more reading on Jung, and it should become more clear what the differences are.

as an aside, Jung is far superior and far more useful today, in my own opinion, than Freud is. I don't mean this just as a personal preference.. but also in terms of how the concepts that each talked about are integrated into our daily lives, and accepted as general truths..

in any case ya.. go read more. :) enjoy!

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