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The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C. G. Jung) [Paperback]

C.G. Jung
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6 Jun 1991 Collected Works of C. G. Jung (Book 9)

The concept of 'Archteypes' and the hypothesis of 'A Collective Unconscious' are two of Jung's better known and most exciting ideas. In this volume - taken from the Collected Works and appearing in paperback for the first time - Jung describes and elaborates the two concepts.

Three essays establish the theoretical basis which are then followed by essays on specific archetypes. The relation of these to the process of individuation is examined in the last section. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious is one of Jung's central works. There are many illustrations in full colour.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (6 Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415058449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415058445
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book must be considered a fundamental work among Jung's writings and deserves to be read by Jungians and non-Jungians alike."--American Journal of Psychotherapy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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163 of 164 people found the following review helpful
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This is a momentous book which contains enough ideas to keep you thinking for a lifetime. Jung's theory of the archetypes and the collective unconscious revolutionises the way we conceive of our own pysches, their inter-relationship with each other and their relation to the rest of existence. Jung brings this conception quite literally to a new level. Put it this way, having just read this book two years into writing a PhD, I now realise that I will have to rewrite almost everything I've done so far from the start. The reason for this is the unique perspective Jung can offer on what exactly it is human beings are trying to do with their lives, whether they are fully conscious of it or not. In particular, his insight into the travails of modern man and his quest for individuation dwarfs anything else I have read by other famous European theoreticians of the twentieth century. No serious literary critic or student of any humanities discipline can afford not to have read and come to terms with it.
It may be difficult for a beginner to get all the ideas in one go, as there is a lot of information both in the text itself and hidden in its implications. You have to be ready for this book, and much of the information in it may only be fully appreciated on the second or third reading. This in itself is a reflection of how profound it is. It may be better to start with "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" to get an overall idea of what sort of person Jung was before tackling his revolutionary ideas. But this book is indispensible for anyone who wants to understand his thought. I recommend it highly.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not for beginners 22 Dec 2009
By QS
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I've read about a quarter of this book so far, some intriguing points have been brought up and I can't wait to be able to finish it. However this is only the second psychology book I've read and I'm having trouble grasping 'the bigger picture'. I feel like I'm constantly waiting for a 'summary' of points, or perhaps I'd be better off with some accompanying text to explain most of what's be talked about.
I do however feel this is mainly due to the fact that I'm new to the language/tone of psychology generally and new to Jung so if you're a beginner like myself then I'd recommend something a bit more introductory first, as I'm going to save it until I've read a little bit more around the subject.
I'm currently reading 'Man and his Symbols'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A giant of the 20th century 4 Jan 2011
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With his concept and direct experience of the sub-conscious Shadow, Jung put into words a masterpiece of understanding about what is happening within the psyche of each and every person. If you can take the time to properly digest this lengthy and sometimes dense text, you'll be wiser and more informed than ever before about how your psyche operates. Whether you can confront and integrate your own Shadow after that is another matter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 16 July 2012
By ctm
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I bought this book as I was always interested in Jung and had read some of his works years ago.
It is not a general introduction but I found it very readable and fascinating. I see Jung as much as
a visionary as a psychologist/psychiatrist and his reasoning that we cannot live without reference to
our collective past makes complete sense.
His archetypes are fascinating and he explains that these symbols or motifs recurred again and again with
different patients of varying experience and learning. From this he posits that they are not simply constructed
by the psyche but are independent of it and inhabit a collective unconscious.
For all his learning what comes out of the pages is his deep humanity.
A book to own and re-read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fundamental 30 Oct 2009
By Lars
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The fundamental work of Archetypes and collective unconscious, by Jung, is on of the corner stones of western psychology. Whether you are interested in psychology a student of the same, or simply questioning why you do what you do, this book holds quite a few revelations. There is no point in adding a further break down of the core contend, it has been done over and over on this site and many others. Suffice it to say; if you are interested in Jung, this is one of the core texts, and an absolute "must read" for anyone interested in psychology.
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