Book Reading – Deep Work – by Cal Newport Page 2

Moving on to the 2nd page of the book “Deep Work” – Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.

Few mentions:

  • Psychological Types by Carl Jung
  • Differences between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud

Checking up on first item above, the wikipedia entry says the original German language edition, Psychologische Typen, was first published by Rascher Verlag, Zurich in 1921. In the book Jung proposed four main functions of consciousness:

  • Two perceiving functions: Sensation and Intuition
  • Two judging functions: Thinking and Feeling

There are further modified by two main attitude types: extraversion and introversion. Jung theorized that the dominant function characterizes consciousness, while its opposite is repressed and characterizes unconscious behavior.

This work grew out of Jung’s “desire to reconcile the theories of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, and to define how his own perspective differed from theirs”.

As Newport tell us, this was a bold move to take on the biggest authorities on psychology – hence, he need solitude to do “deep work” at his “Tower” in Bollingen.

Let us get some external “reading” on the authorities

Sigmund Freud:

  • An Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalysis.
  • An outstanding pupil and graduated from the Matura in 1873 with honors. He loved literature and was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, HebrewLatin and Greek.
  • Entered the University of Vienna at age 17. He had planned to study law, but joined the medical faculty at the university, where his studies included philosophy under Franz Brentano, physiology under Ernst Brücke, and zoology under Darwinist professor Carl Claus
  • Developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process.
  • Though in overall decline as a diagnostic and clinical practice, psychoanalysis remains influential within psychology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy, and across the humanities. It thus continues to generate extensive and highly contested debate with regard to its therapeutic efficacy, its scientific status, and whether it advances or is detrimental to the feminist cause.
  • Freud began smoking tobacco at age 24; initially a cigarette smoker, he became a cigar smoker. He believed smoking enhanced his capacity to work and that he could exercise self-control in moderating it. Despite health warnings from colleague Wilhelm Fliess, he remained a smoker, eventually suffering a buccal cancer.

Alfred Adler:

  • An Austrian medical doctorpsychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology.
  • Early on, he developed rickets, which kept him from walking until he was four years old. At the age of four, he developed pneumonia and heard a doctor say to his father, “Your boy is lost”. At that point, he decided to be a physician.
  • Was the first to emphasize the importance of the social element in the re-adjustment process of the individual and who carried psychiatry into the community.
  • Adler began his medical career as an ophthalmologist, but he soon switched to general practice, and established his office in a less affluent part of Vienna across from the Prater, a combination amusement park and circus. His clients included circus people, and it has been suggested that the unusual strengths and weaknesses of the performers led to his insights into “organ inferiorities” and “compensation.
  • In 1902 Adler received an invitation from Sigmund Freud to join an informal discussion group that included Rudolf Reitler and Wilhelm Stekel. The group, the “Wednesday Society” (Mittwochsgesellschaft), met regularly on Wednesday evenings at Freud’s home and was the beginning of the psychoanalytic movement, expanding over time to include many more members. Each week a member would present a paper and after a short break of coffee and cakes, the group would discuss it. The main members were Otto Rank, Max Eitingon, Wilhelm Stekel, Karl Abraham, Hanns Sachs, Fritz Wittels, Max Graf, and Sandor Ferenczi.
  • Adler founded the Society for Individual Psychology in 1912[16] after his break from the psychoanalytic movement. Adler’s group initially included some orthodox Nietzschean adherents (who believed that Adler’s ideas on power and inferiority were closer to Nietzsche than Freud’s).
  • Their enmity aside, Adler retained a lifelong admiration for Freud’s ideas on dreams and credited him with creating a scientific approach to their clinical utilization (Fiebert, 1997).
  • Nevertheless, even regarding dream interpretation, Adler had his own theoretical and clinical approach. The primary differences between Adler and Freud centered on Adler’s contention that the social realm (exteriority) is as important to psychology as is the internal realm (interiority).

These were the kind of experts that Carl Jung was taking on!

A simple illustration from Pinterest by Adelene:

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