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Jung thoughts.

Byline: Owen McDonough

JANE GALLAGHER in her feature "Was it fate, or just coincidence?" (April 11) refers to Carl Jung as a Swedish psychologist. May I set the record straight? Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist born in Kesswill on the banks of Lake Constance.

He was influenced by Eastern thinking especially the I Ching. He posed the question "are related events connected by cause and effect?" which he called causality Synchronicity he considered, was the occurrence of two simultaneous events but not causally connected.

He yoked psychology and physics when he worked for a time with Wolfgang Pauli, the Nobel Laureate in physics. The experience left Pauli a changed man. Science for him was no longer sacrosanct, he believed now that fact had its limitations but life remained full of possibilities.

Perhaps Jung's greatest impact has a local resonance. Many years ago he had a dream about this city and his words have a strange syn-chronicity for the impending Capital of Culture celebrations.

"But I had a vision of unearthly beauty, and that was why I was able to live at all. Liverpool is the 'pool of life'."

The liver, according to an old view, is the seat of life - that which "makes to live".

Owen McDonough, Woolton, Liverpool
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2006
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