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The Undiscovered Self: Answers to Questions Raised by the Present World Crisis [Paperback]

C.G. Jung
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31 Mar 1974
In The Undiscovered Self Jung explains the essence of his teaching for a readership unfamiliar with his ideas. He highlights the importance of individual responsibility and freedom in the context of today's mass society, and argues that individuals must organize themselves as effectively as the organized mass if they are to resist joining it. To help them achieve this he sets out his influential programme for achieving self-understanding and self-realization. The Undiscovered Self is a book that will awaken many individuals to the new life of the self that Jung visualized.

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (31 Mar 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415051517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415051514
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 12 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very important book indeed -- J.B. Priestley --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). Founded the analytical school of psychology and developed a radical new theory of the unconscious.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Far ahead of his time. 29 July 2003
By "c_loh"
As relevant in todays world of mass marketing and mass production as it was when it was written this volume examines man's relationship with and separation from his social surroundings and questions how much our environment shapes and controls the way we think. Jungs theories of the collective versus the individual are eye opening. One of many arguments that struck me was that the denial of a spiritual self is really a backlash against organised religion. He finally convinced this once hardened agnostic that to truly have an open mind requires accepting and living with an open soul.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
...says Jung, who, in this slender volume, describes a world of mass politics and trash culture which in its attempt to cater for everyone finds it sustains no-one, leaving masses of people denuded of any genuine individual experience of either themselves or their environment.

Jung focuses his energies here on two of the most pervasive modern institutions, the State and Organised Religion. He sketches how the State itself denies insight and reflection to its citizens by making us all dependent on it to some degree, as it tugs on our religious heartstrings with promises of a heavenly freedom from cares if only we work and work today. And so, as the State subverts our physical needs, the Church provides moral cover for our massive Western ego-trip, which denies that violence and darkness could ever be a part of our reality, our innate human capacity (phew, what a get-out).

All this goes on unnoticed as Modern Man suffers under a collective neurosis. The valid needs of our unconscious psyche are consistently starved of expression by a culture obsessed with ego-consciousness. It must confirm its own existence, its own narrative, and bombards us daily with advertisements, political dogma, and moral creeds to ensure we don't for a second start reflecting on the absurdity of the world and our place in it. Jung asks us to simply stop, reflect that "man is an enigma to himself", and consider how we might engage in a truly self-nourishing and self-renewing relationship with a world that is no longer a mere illusion.

A great little book, this. A positive call to arms for all those who feel disenchanted with the Western world. Five stars all the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penetrating and transformative 17 Jan 2010
By Berlake
Considering the ambitious scope of this book, I feel it has achieved something truly remarkable. It speaks to a depth in our consciousness many of us remain perilously disidentified with; and its recognition or reawakening is both the premise and purpose of the book. Clearly, a longer and more detailed explication of the underlying theories (or, rather, relative realities) would have made some paragraphs a little less abstract and a little more concrete, but I believe this is the book's strength rather than its weakness, as it invites the reader to see its propositions in a more comprehensive and symbolic sense. In a world obsessed with objectification and externalisation, it is a depth charge to submerge in one's unconscious...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb existential and psychological study 27 May 2011
In many ways an existential examination of the individuals subordination to the state, whether it is in the totalitarian regimes of what was, at the time of writing, the Eastern Bloc, or the free societies of the West.
Jung argues that man is often lost and deprived of individuality within the mass of people, and that even religions lose their basic sense of self when controlled or subordinated to the will of the sovereign or the state.
An interesting and appropriate introduction to psychological reading, recommended to any newcomers (such as myself) in the field of 20th century psychological thinking, and a good introduction to Jungian psychology.
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