Jung's definition of Attitude
The Swiss national Carl Gustav Jung is considered as one of the few all time world renowned psychiatrists. His thinking had influenced the way of significantly during his time of living, and still is of immense importance to mankind. He was born on 26 July and died on 6 June 1961. He stressed on the integration of conscious with the unconscious while maintaining conscious autonomy.
Jung perceived attitude from different angles and in pairs. The definition of Attitude as Jung gave is, “Readiness to the psyche to act or react in a certain way”. He further defined attitude dualities in various forms. Let’s find those forms of pairs that after understanding might help us to lead a life of peace.
Consciousness and Unconsciousness: Both these are present in the mind quite frequently, says Jung. He means that the contents of consciousness are different from the contents of unconsciousness the evidence of it is found in neurosis.
Extraversion and Introversion: The name suggests inner and outer, the elementary pair, which Jung termed as ‘attitude types’.
Rational and Irrational: Based on reasons or not is the base of this attitude type. In Jung’s words it is ‘I conceive reason as an attitude’. The subdivision of rational attitude has been given as thinking and feeling psychological functions. The subdivision of irrational attitude is sensing and intuition psychological functions. Therefore, all these four acts of thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuitive are included in attitude.
Individual and Social: One’s interaction with individuals is individual attitude; whereas the social attitude, according to Jung, is related with words endings with ‘isms’.
In general, attitude is one thing that drives us to interact with people, performing duties, following orders, fulfilling responsibilities, bearing pain, etc. If attitude is positive, our life runs smooth, otherwise we face difficulties in every step.