- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (22 Feb. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192854585
- ISBN-13: 978-0192854582
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 10.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Jung: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 22 Feb 2001
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offers a concise introduction to Jungian psychology, covering everything from the collective unconscious and the archetype to the theories of synchronicity and individuation. (Ken McGoogan, Calgary Herald)
About the Author
Anthony Stevens is a distinguished Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, and writer on Jungian themes. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in addition to his DM has two degrees in psychology. His other books include Archetype: A Natural History of the Self (1982), The Roots of War (1989), On Jung (1990), The Two-Million-Year-Old Self (1993), and Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming (1995).
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Now this Very Short Introduction is divided into eight sizeable chapters, which include a beefy biography, a run-down of Jung's most prominent theories, their relation to therapeutic involvement, and then some tailings on how Jung's legacy stands today. The biographical detail in the first chapter is pretty full, which given the complexity of Jung's upbringing and adult life is pretty handy, though presumably the following quote, "In my life No.2 has been of prime importance, and I've always tried to make room for anything that wanted to come from within", has been included for its comedy value alone.
In comparison to the VSI to Freud, Jung has less of a tangible narrative, and although his own work is known for its obscurity, perhaps breaking down the chapters further to make them lighter and easier to reflect upon would have helped. But, chewing through the chapters on Archetypes, the Stages of Life, and Psychological Types does give you a basic sense of the major texts, which Stevens sums up as Jung's "attempt to compensate for his sense of personal oddity and isolation."
I'm a big fan of Jung, certainly of his requirement for Individuation through meditative reflection and self-exploration, and the best thing to be said for this volume is how well it contrasts him as an individual against the prevalent cultural and academic trends of his time; as part Western academic, part Eastern mystic. It's a reasonable summary, but I'd say if you want a real sense of the man and his perspective before delving into the deeper stuff, give `The Undiscovered Self' a read first.
The mind according to Jung
By Howard A. Jones
This is another in the now well established series of introductory monographs produced by Oxford University Press, deservedly respected for their scholarship and readability. The author here is a well-known Jungian psychotherapist. After presenting a brief biography of Jung in Chapter 1, this book focuses on all the most important aspects of Jung's psychology that are accessible to a lay readership.
Jung's family had associations with theology, with medicine or had an interest in the occult, so the formative influences on Jung's future career and outlook are all here. From his own readings Jung was attracted to the ideas of Heraclitus on a world of constant change, which was also compatible with eastern mysticism; so was the philosophy of Schopenhauer on Will as a determining factor in the material world, and the theology of Meister Eckhart with his idea of the Seelenfunklein, the spark of God wihin us as soul. Out of these disparate concepts Jung forged his key ideas of the collective unconscious and the archetypes to which they gave rise.
For six years Jung corresponded with Freud and Stevens points out a difference between the two in that Freud, thinking of himself as a scientist, was always looking backwards for causes while Jung, the mystic, looked forward to the potential that lay in any mental disorder. Jung's idea of individuation, development of the fulfilled Self, has been developed by other psychologists in the twentieth century. Jung's synchronicity concept has influenced the writings of Peter Russell and James Redfield.Read more ›
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It would not be an exaggeration to describe the encounter with Jung's ideas as utterly transmogrifying. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cneil
An excellent introduction to Jung in easy-to-understand English. I would recommend to people who need to teach Jung and need something that is straight-forward yet detailed enough... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miss Eff
Excellent introduction, easy to understand and with a good splattering of useful information.Published 8 months ago by Rosie
A great introduction to the life and work of Jung. Well written and very informative.Published 9 months ago by BeffiJ
Great little book, the author writes in a way which makes Jung's psychological theories easier to understand than some of the other literature I have attempted to read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. England
Exactly what I needed- a quick and easy to read into to Jung. I feel better equipped to tackle the heavier texts now.Published 18 months ago by frida&edith
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