Jung has had an enduring influence on psychology as well as wider society. He has influenced psychotherapy.

  • The concept of introversion vs. extroversion
  • The concept of the complex
  • Much of Joseph Campbell's thought leading to the creation of Star Wars and, to a lesser extent, The Matrix trilogy
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests were inspired by Jung's Psychological Types theory. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assesses people on extraversion and introversion, Jung's function types and also on judging-perceiving, a dimension not found in Jung's original taxonomy but germane to his distinction between rational and irrational functions.
  • Jung's influence can sometimes be found in more unexpected quarters. For example, Jung once treated an American patient suffering from chronic alcoholism. After working with the patient for some time, and achieving no significant progress, Jung told the man that his alcoholic condition was near to hopeless, save only the possibility of a spiritual experience. Jung noted that occasionally such experiences had been known to reform alcoholics where all else had failed.

The patient took Jung's advice seriously and set about seeking a personal spiritual experience. He returned home to the United States and joined a Christian evangelical church. He also told other alcoholics what Jung had told him about the importance of a spiritual experience. One of the alcoholics he told was Ebby Thacher, a long-time friend and drinking buddy of Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) Thacher told Wilson about Jung's ideas. Wilson, who was finding it hard to maintain sobriety, was impressed and sought out his own spiritual experience. The influence of Jung ultimately found its way in the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, drafted by Wilson, and from there into the whole 12-step recovery movement, which has touched the lives of millions of people.

Influence on culture:

Jung had a 16-year long friendship with author Laurens van der Post from which a number of books and film were created about Jung's life.
The concept of the collective unconscious is one of the main topics in the Dune novel series.
Jung's influence on noted Canadian novelist Robertson Davies is apparent in many of Davies's fictional works. In particular, The Cornish Trilogy and his novel The Manticore each base their design on Jungian concepts.
The Progressive Metal band, Tool have incorporated Jung's work into their album, Ænima. Additionally, The Police made references to Carl Jung in their album Synchronicity.
J. Michael Straczynski's "Babylon 5" television series used many of Jung's concepts throughout the series.
The video games Xenogears and Xenosaga utilize many of the ideas proposed by Carl Jung as major storyline components of the game, and even create physical manifestations of his notions within actual characters, Albedo, Nigredo, Rubedo, etc.
Jung's writing was introduced to Italian film maker, Federico Fellini in the 1950s and had an effect on the way Fellini incorporated dreams into films after La Dolce Vita.