Describe and Evaluate Carl Jung’s Theory Concerning Personality Types and Show How They Might Usefully Help a Therapist to Determine Therapeutic Goals

In this essay I will be describing and evaluating Carl Jung’s theory on personality types, I

will examine all sides of the theory, to include looking at comparisons of similar types of

theories by other psychologists such as Galen and Eysenck. I will also look at Carl Jung

in more depth with his views, responses and approaches in treating clients with his theory

and how it may be useful to therapists in helping them to determine certain therapeutic


I will base my answers on the theoretical concepts and techniques presented in class,

along with various literature sources, internet sources and by using my own prior

knowledge. Once I have evaluated Jung’s theory I will then draw up a final


Carl Jung was born on 26th July 1875 in Kesswil, Switzerland. He started his career in

medicine, graduating from the University of Basel with a medical degree.

Early in his career, Jung worked with psychiatric patients at the University of Zurich

asylum where he went on to write studies in word association and sent a copy of such

work to Sigmund Freud in 1906.

Jung went on to work with Freud, and this time had a major impact on Jung’s later

theories and helped him to develop a fascination for the unconscious mind. Initially Freud

viewed Jung as his protégé, but the friendship and working relationship soon began to

dissolve as Jung was starting to develop his own ideas that diverged away from Freud’s

views. Jung broke away from the psychodynamic theory and developed his own theories,

including Analytical Psychology. Despite the Jungian theory having numerous critics,

Carl Jung’s work left a notable impact on psychology and psychotherapy. One of the

major impacts was Jung’s advice to a patient suffering with alcoholism, which led to the

formation of Alcoholics Anonymous which has gone on to help millions of people

suffering from alcohol dependency. After a brief illness,...