Born in Kesswil (Switzerland), he studied medicine in Basel and was devoted to the practice of psychiatry in Zurich clinic Burghölzli introducing, along with Eugen Bleuler, Freudian psychoanalysis. After his break with Freud in late 1912 began developing its own analytical psychology. A peculiarity of their work is the confrontation of the psychology of religion, discovering in the original representations of the different religions the archetypal contents of the human soul. Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Basel, took part in meetings of the Eranos circle. From 1944 clinical practice exercise Küsnacht along Lake Zurich, until his death.
Your Complete Works is published in the same Editorial, which also featured a collection of his thoughts On Love (52011) and the volume of interviews and conversations Meetings with Jung (2000).