The Views of Jung and Freud on Religion Although they differed in their interpretation, the concept of religion, to both Freud and Jung, could be said to be intrinsically linked to an aspect of wish fulfillment. From a psychological perspective, both of these leaders in the assessment of the workings of the mind were of the opinion that the pursuit of religion could be connected with a need for an idealization of the present. In developing a faith in a force greater than oneself, individuals would be able to cope with the challenges that they faced, especially those linked to the fear of dying. Nonetheless, despite the fact that this overarching philosophy regarding the connection between religion and wish fulfillment was one that they...The end:
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