Memories, Dreams, Reflections - Chapter 4, Psychiatric Activities Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4, Psychiatric Activities Summary and Analysis

In this chapter, Jung begins his career. His first posting is at a mental hospital in Burgholzli in Switzerland. When he began he not particularly interested in therapy but was predominantly curious about what psychiatry was. He describes to readers the state of the mental health field at the time. Jung, during this chapter, refers to his depressions but not once does he ever claim that his depressions were due to a mental illness. Also, he did figure out what caused them but the answer was in reality complex and related to philosophy and theology rather than having been due to some other reason.

First and foremost, most mental health practices were either done outside of the official realms of the science or were focused upon the mentally ill. There had been some research conducted, but this...

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