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Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Jung

Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Jung
He thought he was two people (sort of) and more things you didn't know about the pioneering psychologist


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Carl Jung: the founder of analytical psychology

Carl Jung: the founder of analytical psychology

Carl Jung was born in 1875 in Switzerland. He became the world-renowned founder of analytical psychology that focuses on a person's inner life to help understand how they think.



Carl Jung coined “introvert” and “extrovert”

Jung published a book in 1921 where he coined and discussed the two terms.

He wrote that introverts gained their energy from self-dialogue and protect themselves against external claims on their energy with shyness or other means. Extroverts look outward for their energy. But Jung didn't think there was such a thing as a pure introvert or extrovert.


Carl Jung wrote a book on flying saucers

The book, published in 1959, showed that Jung was more interested in what rumors about UFOs said about the human mind than whether aliens really existed.


Carl Jung collaborated with a Nobel-winning physicist

Jung and the theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli, known for proposing the neutrino, were interested in dream analysis.

Their conversations went on to explore fundamental questions regarding the nature of reality through the lens of physics and psychology. This discussion led Jung to discover synchronicity, or meaningful coincidences.


Carl Jung speculated on the occult

Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli discussed the world of the occult.

They discussed topics from physics to psychology, extrasensory perception (ESP), UFOs, Armageddon, Jesus, Yahweh, and dreams.


Carl Jung thought he was two people

He identified two people within himself, calling them No. 1 and No. 2.

No. 1 was the child of his parents and times. No. 2 was a timeless individual with no definable character. Later, his thoughts on No. 1 and No. 2 provided the basis for his ideas on ego and self.



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Introverted vs. extroverted people

If you recover your energy while alone or in quiet surroundings, you’re probably an introverted type of person.

You can experience the benefits of both types when you push yourself to ...

Introverted vs. shy/insecure people

There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. If you are emotionally unstable, being an introvert can become the biggest enemy of your progress in life.
There’s a big difference between being an introvert and being afraid of public speaking, meeting people and speaking up when necessary. Social anxiety is not introversion, it’s a fear you must face and overcome.

Thinking before speaking and acting

  • Make sure that you speak up when you have something important to say. 
  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the room.
  • People will pay more attention to what you say when you do speak up.
  • You probably have the ability to study things better and faster, so when you do say something make sure that it’s an eye-opener.
  • People will trust you more and thus you’ll have access to more privileged information.

Being Unable To Articulate Your Thoughts

Being Unable To Articulate Your Thoughts
  • Many introverts face difficulty in being able to articulate what is in their minds into words.
  • Introverts process information in a much deeper way, trying to think of the exact wor...

Long-Term Memory Vs Short-Term Memory For Introverts

Like in a computer hard disk, information that is retained for long periods of time is in our long-term memory and is not easy to recall reflexively, as it is outside our conscious awareness.

Our short-term memory (also called working memory or active memory) is smaller in size and recalls information in an instant.

Introverts seem to favour long-term memory over short-term memory.

Writing And Introverts

Due to the way their brains are wired, introverts make great writers, able to express themselves in a more comfortable and relaxed manner, as they take their own time to build a great story or narrative.

Many introverts prefer text messages or email over phone calls, and are great at journaling and blogging.