on 24 July 2015
This book reprints the first of the series of seminars Jung gave to English-language disciples in Zurich. For this first seminar, Jung gave a kind of history of the development of his ideas. It was the first time he made public any information about the fantasies and experimentation that were recorded in the "Red Book". As such this book is an essential historical document.
The book also reveals how Jung taught, and gives the flavor of discussions he had with his disciples. For instance, he assigned a fantasy novel (Rider Haggard's "She") and had his students analyze the psychology behind it. The results are far too meandering and unfinished to have warranted professional publication at the time - but in fact this is exactly what makes them so precious now: we can see the state of Jung's ideas "under construction".
on 28 December 2012
these were the well guarded seminars that people would need jung's personal permission to read the notes from. one would also need to go into analysis _just to read them_ - theatrics much? ponzi scheme much?
anyway, its good that these notes are finally hitting the market so people can get on with the jung scholarship. i bought this volume myself because jung suppsedly identifies as an ISTP in it (and so he does). its nice to get a close look at jung, but his trains of thought are not always particularly incisive and overall the lessons gains from reading this book are is so-so and rather more histoical than psychological