Memories, Dreams, Reflections

[Jung regarded himself primarily as a doctor, a psychiatrist.]

Jung was led to a confrontation with religious questions by a number of different routes. There were his childhood visions, which brought him face to face with the reality of religious experience and remained with him to the end of his life.

There was his insuppressible curiosity concerning everything that had to do with the contents of the psyche and its manifestations–the urge to know which characterized his scientific work.

And, last but not least, there was his conscience as a physician.

Jung regarded himself primarily as a doctor, a psychiatrist.

He was well aware that the patient’s religious attitude plays a crucial part in the therapy of psychic illnesses.

This observation coincided with his discovery that the psyche spontaneously produces images with a religious content, that it is “by nature religious.”

It also became apparent to him that numerous neuroses spring from a disregard for this fundamental characteristic of the psyche, especially during the second half of life. ~ Aneila Jaffe, Memories Dreams Reflections