An Archetypal Study of Galadriel in Fiction and Film
Carl Jung is widely considered one of the greatest psychologists and thinkers in history. He introduced the world to Jungian psychology, which strives to study, explain, and predict the unconscious forces that are innate in every individual. “He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas” (Hollis, 2006, para. 1). Jung’s studies of creativity, spirituality, symbolic expression, psychodynamics, and collective patterns which develop within culture has greatly influenced modern thought and academic research into the mind of man.
Carl Jung was born in Switzerland in 1875 to a mother who had frequent battles with depression and was often absent from the household. Jung graduated with a medical degree and began working with psychiatric patients, which led to his acquaintance and eventual deep friendship with famed psychologist Sigmund Freud. Freud deeply impacted Jung and how he thought about the conscious and unconscious mind. Yet while Freud focused on sex and sexuality as the source of behavior motivation, Jung began to look towards the symbols of the human mind. This eventually led to the development of Jung’s own branch of psychology, called Analytical Psychology, which studied the three parts of the psyche: the ego, the id, and the superego. (Cherry, 2011, para. 1-7).