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Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science [Paperback]

Sonu Shamdasani
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11 Dec 2003
Occultist, Scientist, Prophet, Charlatan - C. G. Jung has been called all these things and after decades of myth making, is one of the most misunderstood figures in Western intellectual history. This book is the first comprehensive study of the origins of his psychology, as well as providing a new account of the rise of modern psychology and psychotherapy. Based on a wealth of hitherto unknown archival materials it reconstructs the reception of Jung's work in the human sciences, and its impact on the social and intellectual history of the twentieth century. The book creates a basis for all future discussion of Jung, and opens new vistas on psychology today.

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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (11 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521539099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521539098
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The author's meticulous research illustrates something that has increasingly been suspected by Jung scholars, that the psychologist made extensive use of other people's work to illuminate his conceptions of archetypes, collective unconscious, introversion, extraversion, dream analysis and complexes, often referring to his approach as complex psychology.' Economist

'Shamdasani has gone far in making the history of Jungian psychology truly professional. His is a superb achievement.' Times Higher Education Supplement

'To write a book like this and combine originality, historical accuracy, an understanding of improvisation in historical actors - all without partisanship - is truly special.' Medical History

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the origins of Jung's psychology in the context of the rise of modern psychology and psychotherapy. It reconstructs the reception of Jung's work in the human sciences, and its impact on the social and intellectual history of the twentieth century.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellect of Many Layers 20 Sep 2012
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Carl Jung was a man of many layers. This book is a look at the intellectual influences on the man, and the roots of his thinking. At the very start of this book Sonu Shamdasani gives a list of of things Jung has been called, many of them contradictory including Scientist, Prophet, Charlatan, Philosopher and many others. This book, with an admirable scholarly thoroughness takes a look at some of the many paths of learning that Jung took in his life.

In exploring this, Shamdasani looks at documentary evidence, some of which still remains unpublished including letters and manuscripts, from which he quotes extensively, sometimes doing his own translations from German. From it emerges whole areas that have been unexplored, or unmentioned. For example, it's often said that Jung was a "pupil of Freud." Shamdasani points out that this is not the case. Indeed he suggests that the influence of Freud is sometimes overstated, and shows other influences and relationships were just as important including William James, Theodore Flournoy and Pierre Janet.

One of the problems when reading Jung's works can be the overwhelming number of references. Shamdasani charts a great many of these including anthropology, biology, philosophy as well of psychology which he points out is itself a nebulous subject and remains to this day divided. The one area he does not explore is alchemy, which is a pity as this is an important area that influenced Jung's later thinking.

Inevitably with the amount of all this, makes for the need for a many references in this book. This in itself makes for some of the same problems with reading Jung himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meet a man you thought you knew... 24 Nov 2004
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Shamdasani's "cubist history" of Jung's core projects places them in their historical and intellectual context. His meticulous research incorporates an extensive review of the writing of Jung's contemporaries, Jung's own papers, Jungian commentary, and even some of Jung's personal marginalia. The scholarship alone is staggering.
Be warned: this is no anecdotal hagiography for the converted but a serious exploration of the man and his thinking. Shamdasani's style takes no prisoners. If you are heavily invested in Jungian ideas, or those allegedly attributed to Jung, you may discover the intellectual rug pulled out from under you without ceremony. Brace yourself.
But do engage, as I dared to. By his apparent scepticism of all psychologies and patent love of opening once tightly sealed black boxes, Shamdasani allows you to re-discover Jung and marvel at the unparalleled breadth and depth of the work of one of our great minds. If you square up and look this author and his subject in the eye, I'd be surprised if you are not profoundly shaken or at least significantly stirred, as I have been.
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By sanyata
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reading this book you realize how poorly researched much of the material on jung is.
this book is not really a _book_ so far as it is a copious collection of research notes with a thin veil of text holding it all together.

i think this is a good and needed thing, although the buyer should know what he is getting.

also, before i read the book i had heard that shamdasani was very pro-jung - he is - but i was glad to see a good measure of objectivity in his stance towards, and handling of, jung. the books on jung out there - both hostile and friendly - are sorely lacking in objectivity
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The previous review does not really need adding to. Having recently read Sonu Shamdasani's book on Jung I was staggered by the authors meticulous and thorough research. As the previous review states...if you thought you had read Jung, know Jung's work, theories and ideas or most importantly presume to work as a therapist influenced by Jung's ideas...you don't know much until you have read Shamdasani's evaluation of Jung's work. The author does a fine job of rather surgically slicing through the layers of Jung's thought whilst revealing the many direct influences on his thinking and the context in which his ideas were developed and formulated. As a for of intellectual and academic vivisection it is unrelenting and unsurpassed. Strangely, Shamdasani has been a particularly vociferious critic of Richard Noll's critique of Jung in 'The Jung Cult'...Shamdasani has been more nuanced, neutral and sophisticated in his exploration of Jung's key concepts, whether dreams, libido, individuation, archetypes, but much more devastating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meet a man you thought you knew... 24 Nov 2004
By Peter FYFE - Published on Amazon.com
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Shamdasani's "cubist history" of Jung's core projects places them in their historical and intellectual context. His meticulous research incorporates an extensive review of the writing of Jung's contemporaries, Jung's own papers, Jungian commentary, and even some of Jung's personal marginalia. The scholarship alone is staggering.

Be warned: this is no anecdotal hagiography for the converted but a serious exploration of the man and his thinking. Shamdasani's style takes no prisoners. If you are heavily invested in Jungian ideas, or those allegedly attributed to Jung, you may discover the intellectual rug pulled out from under you without ceremony. Brace yourself.

But do engage, as I dared to. By his apparent scepticism of all psychologies and patent love of opening once tightly sealed black boxes, Shamdasani allows you to re-discover Jung and marvel at the unparalleled breadth and depth of the work of one of our great minds. If you square up and look this author and his subject in the eye, I'd be surprised if you are not profoundly shaken or at least significantly stirred, as I have been.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best history of how Jung's ideas emerged 26 Feb 2006
By Robin Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology is a landmark in Jungian scholarship. The author, Sonu Shamdasani, is a historian of psychology, with a specialization in Jungian psychology.

This book is both a gift and a challenge for Jungian psychology. As a gift, it provides a picture of an era in which new ideas were in the air. It carefully traces how those ideas emerged and eventually crystalized in Jung's psychology. As a challenge, it points to areas still unresolved, hopes Jung had for psychology that have largely gone unfulfilled by his successors.

Early in the book, Shamdasani says "once, when asked who he was, Miles Davis replied that he had changed the course of music several times in his life. Something similar could be said of Jung." By the end of his life, however, Jung felt that he had failed in his mission: "I was unable to make people see what I am after. I am practically alone . . . I have failed in my foremost task, to open people's eyes to the fact that man has a soul and there is a buried treasure in the field and that our religion and philosophy are in a lamentable state. Why indeed should I continue to exist?"

Perhaps by providing this history of ideas, filled both with how Jung came to his model of psychology, and with his hopes for the future of such a psychology, Sonu Shamdasani has provided a starting point for Jungians to help prove that Jung did not fail in his task. The appearance of his book is a monumental event in Jungian scholarship.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Jan 2010
By M. T. Huerta - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most original books I have found in many years, a critique on the history of Jungian Psychoanalysis as academic as possible; no wonder why the author was the only scholar handling the Jung's Red Book's publishing...
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uppermost Interest 4 Jan 2007
By Francois Memier - Published on Amazon.com
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As a conclusion, let me just say that I am convinced of the uppermost interest of this work for the Psychology's Story.
11 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tangible and Intangible 7 Jun 2005
By Deborah Farquhar - Published on Amazon.com
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As I was once a prospective PH.D. candidate, I can defnitely appreciate the quality and painstaking research that went into this finely written scholarly work. However, having been coached by a very fine Jungian psychologist, Dr. H. Skipton Leonard, PH.D., I find this book more a history of psychological thought than an in-depth study of Jung and ensuing practical applications.
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