The Essential Jung

The Essential Jung

Selected and Introduced by Anthony Storr ; With A New Foreword by John Beebe

Book - 2013
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In this compact volume, British psychiatrist and writer Anthony Storr has selected extracts from Jung's writings that pinpoint his many original contributions and relate the development of his thought to his biography. Storr's explanatory notes and introduction show the progress and coherence of Jung's ideas. These notes link the extracts, and with Dr. Storr's introduction, they show the progress and coherence of Jung's ideas, including such concepts as the collective unconscious, the archetypes, introversion and extroversion, individuation, and Jung's view of integration as the goal of the development of the personality.Jung maintained that we are profoundly ignorant of ourselves and that our most pressing task is to deflect our gaze away from the external world and toward the study of our own nature. In a world torn by conflict and threatened by annihilation, his message has an urgent relevance for every thoughtful person.

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780691159003
Branch Call Number: 150.1954 Jun
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Storr, Anthony


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Aug 13, 2019

" The psyche is a self-regulating system that maintains its equilibrium just as the body does. Every process that goes too far inevitably calls forth compensations, and without these there would neither be a normal metabolism nor a normal psyche.....when we set out to interpret a dream, it is always helpful to ask: What conscious attitude does it compensate? " "Because neurosis is a developmental disturbance of the personality, we physicians of the soul are compelled by professional necessity to concern ourselves with the problem of personality and the inner voice, however remote it may seem to be." "...the 'shadow.' ....the Faust-Mephistopheles relationship and E.T.A. Hoffman's THE DEVIL'S ELIXIR as two especially typical descriptions." " The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself and yet is always thrusting itself upon him directly or indirectly--for instance, inferior traits of character and other incompatible tendencies."/ I dare to quibble with the appelation, "Essential" in the title of this item. Jung published many representative editions, under many titles. The basic point made in this one, is that Jung valued much (felt that it was more prevalent, than) more than the others of Freud's disciples (including Papa Bear, himself), the Unconscious, as an aspect of our Psyche.

Jun 06, 2017

This is a successful attempt at distilling a huge intellectual output into one volume.Inevitably it is challenging in places, especially the section on Alchemy,and the vocabulary used can sometimes have you reaching for the big dictionary but the insights come along frequently enough to keep you motivated.

Mar 03, 2013

Loved it!

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