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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; New Ed edition (15 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006530656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006530657
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Storr presents a selection characterised by clarity of organisation and sympathetic understanding which will be of value both to the general reader and the more serious student.’ Journal of Analytical Psychology

‘Anthony Storr offers a commentary that is admirably clear and unfailingly level in tone.’ Liam Hudson, Sunday Times

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C.G.Jung considered that man's most urgent task is to deflect his gaze from the conquest of the external world toward the study of his own nature. He was the first to apply psychoanalytic ideas to the study of insanity; he introduced into psychology the terms 'complex', 'collective unconscious', 'extravert', 'archetype' and 'individuation' and anticipated the existentialists in affirming that people are compelled to search for meaning in life. This compact volume of key extracts from the formidable mass of Jung's published writings presents the essentials of Jung's thought in his own words. Anthony Storr's prefatory notes to each extract show the development of Jung's ideas and demonstrate their originality and continuing value. It is an indispensable book for anyone seeking to understand the extraordinary range of Jung's thought.

'Jung was on a giant scale… He was master physician of the soul in his insights, a profound sage in his conclusions. He is also one of Western Man's great liberators.'
J.B. PRIESTLEY, 'Sunday Telegraph'

'Jung can sometimes rise to the heights of a Blake or a Nietzsche or a Kierkegaard… Like any true prophet or artist, he extended the range of the human imagination… To be able to share Jungian emotions is surely an almost necessary capacity of the free mind.'
PHILIP TOYNBEE, 'Observer'

'A most competent and reliable work. I am deeply impressed by the wide knowledge of Jung's books… The work Anthony Storr has put into it is amazing – I could not have done it!'
GERHARD ADLER, editor of 'C.C. Jung: Letters' and joint editor of 'The Collected Works of C.G. Jung'

'Store presents a selection characterised by clarity of organisation and sympathetic understanding which will be of value both to the general reader and to the more serious student.'
JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY

'[Anthony Storr] offers a commentary that is admirably clear and unfailingly level in its tone.'
LIAM HUDSON, 'Sunday Times'


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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb 2003
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With Jung's output spread over many volumes and not always systematically arranged this book is an ideal place to start. The bulk of Jung's range is here with writings on therapy, archetypes, Alchemy, society and religion. There is also a glossary at the back of the terms Jung used in his writings. For those who want a single volume of Jung this is ideal. For those who are starting to explore his thinking which can repay huge rewards, this is the best place to get an overview. But equally for those who have read some of his work this is an ideal portable book to carry around and use for reference purposes. Highly recommended.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By N. Gilmartin on 29 Jun 2007
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I was not at all familiar with the ideas of Jung before reading this compendium of his work, so it is difficult for me to pass judgment on the comprehensiveness and impartiality of the book. However, seeing as it was praised by leading Jung authorities, and that Storr has structured the volume in such a way that it is left to Jung himself to expound Jungian philosophy, it is a safe guess that we are presented with the undiluted thought of the founder of analytical psychology.

The book is split into ten chapters. Each one deals with a specific aspect of Jung's psychology by using excerpts of varying length. Storr introduces each excerpt with a concise summary of its content, which is especially helpful with some of the more esoteric passages, of which there are a few!

This is a fascinating read and just brimming with edifying stuff. Jung's defence of religion is refreshing and original; his interpretation of the story of Job is just excellent; his exposition of the archetypes, although rarefied and sometimes obscure, is exciting and stimulating for the imagination.

Familiarity with his unconventional mode of thought will leave you more open to the possibilities inherent in man and will introduce you to 'wacky' ideas made plausible. Much of the material in here has a (briefly) liberating effect.

Storr's introduction at the beginning of the work is invaluable, and I would recommend it be read before and after tackling the main body of the work.

If you are at all curious about Jung but don't know where to start, start here.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 2000
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Anthony Storr has selected from, organised and annotated Jung's vast collection of writings into a single volume that provides a good introduction to remarkable ideas such as individuation, archetypes, the collective unconscious and synchronicity. This book is a great introduction to Jung for the layman and I would certainly recommend starting with this prior to reading any of the "Collected Works of C.G.Jung" series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malenkov on 14 May 2010
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Being a layman, but having been interested in "these matters" for four decades, I found this book to be quite simply excellent as an introduction or overview of the works of this great thinker, this psychiatrist/psychologist/philosopher. I only regret I did not start seriously reading Jung earlier. Very good division into main themes to make it easier, and good introductions and selection of paragraphs. A couple of the "middle" chapters on Self and Alchemy were a bit difficult, but why shouldn't it be? The closing chapter on Man and His Future is a masterpiece of combining psychiatry and philosophy with humanism and view on politics and man*s destiny and what is needed in order to survive as individuals and species.
A great introduction to the works of the Master.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nicholas hargreaves on 6 Feb 2011
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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 such is the quality of insightful content that the perseverance pays off and leaves you in a place of greater understanding of mans predicament.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Ligthart on 20 Jan 2008
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What an amazing man Jung was, his views forever engraved in analytical psychology. This book is an eye opener for those who are unfamiliar with Jung's theories and a fine refresher for those of us who know his work. This book is well written and will please anyone with an interest in Psychology. Most recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Woman on 27 Mar 2014
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Having graduated from medical school in 2001 it is very late for me to discover Jung so late. He was a genius not just ahead of his time but also ahead of our time, especially if we define our time as APA's contemporary psychiatry consensus and latest DSM. The reader has a great glimpse into this visionary psychiatrist's and critical thinking empiricist's work in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on the Coast on 8 May 2013
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Having read quite a lot of Jung's original works when younger (and finding them pretty difficult, but fascinating and somewhat addictive) I was pleased to have acquired this ebook. I am only part way through it, but am finding the compilation useful including the letters and general linking of the texts. Don't expect an easy read unless you are already a Jungian Analyst, but Jung's work still speaks to me today.
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