Psychological types

In his book Psychological Types (1921), Jung had introduced the terms extraversion and introversion, concepts which would be taken over by experimental psychologists. Jung believed that people approached the study of the mind and life in general from bascially different attitudes. The extravert was primarily interested in the world of external objects; the introvert in what went on within his own mind. Both attitudes were necessary for a full comprehension of reality, but men were usually one-sided and tended to one or other extreme. A typical example would be the extraverted businessman who pursued the accumulation of wealth to the exclusion of all other aspects of life, but who was brought to his knees by a mid-life depression. Neurotic symptoms were not always residues of childhood experience, as Freud supposed, but were often attempts on the part of the mind to correct its own lack of equilibrium, and therefore pointers to a new and more satisfactory synthesis. Jung sometimes said of a patient, 'Thank God he became neurotic'.

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