An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be
esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the
brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human
feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but
warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of
Carl Gustav Jung was born July 26, 1875, in the small Swiss village of Kessewil.
His father was Paul Jung, a country parson, and his mother was Emilie Preiswerk Jung.
Jung was a long time admirer of Freud; they met in Vienna in 1907.
Jung had not
completely agreed with Freud’s theory. They remained good friends until Jung felt
insulted after a visit with Freud in America, when Freud showed some resistance to
Jung’s efforts of analyzing his dreams. World War I was a painful period of self-
examination for Jung. However, it was the beginning of one of the most interesting
periods for personal psychology. After the war, Jung traveled widely, visiting, for
example, tribal people in Africa, America, and India. Zurich. Jung dreamt about the dead,
the land of the dead, and the rising of the dead. These dreams represented the
unconscious itself , but a new collective unconscious of humanity itself, an unconscious
that could contain all the dead, not just our personal ghosts. Jung started to see mentally
ill as people who are haunted by ghosts, during a time when it was not popular to believe
in them. If we could only recapture our mythologies, we would understand these ghosts,
become comfortable with the dead, and heal our mental illnesses. (George Boeree. 1997)