C. G. Jung: Introverted Soulful Power Pneuma Type: Part II

  • V. Walter Odajnyk


Lest anyone think that because of his preoccupation with matters of soul and spirit Jung was a saintly man, the account of his relationship to power, his secondary unconscious motivation, will quickly dispel any such notion. Compensatory to his sensitive, soulful nature, Jung had an aggressive and domineering side. As we saw above, once he resolved to overcome his resistance to school, Jung suppressed his introverted nature and “became a hearty fellow who joined in his school mates’ games and pranks.”1 A sturdy young man, at age 14 almost six feet tall, Jung was not shy about asserting his physical prowess; he enjoyed roughhousing and was frequently “scolded or punished for aggressive behavior” at school.2 At the university, his fraternity brothers dubbed him “the Barrel,” while his friend Albert Oeri called him “the Steam Roller.” His bull-like nature was not merely physical, for later in life Oeri recalled how Jung was able to “keep everyone under his intellectual thumb” as well.3


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  1. 41.
    Louis Berger, Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision (John Wiley & Sons: New York 2000), p. 229.Google Scholar
  2. 120.
    Aniela Jaffe, From the Life and Work of C. G. Jung (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), p. 98.Google Scholar
  3. 123.
    Marie-Louise von Franz, C. G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1975), p. 63.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Walter Odajnyk
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  1. 1.Pacifica Graduate InstituteUSA

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