4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In defence of this book,
This review is from: Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy (Reality of the Psyche Series) (Paperback)
While I agree with the previous review in that symbols cannot be dealt with schematically without risking a lot, sometimes Edinger's simple approach is the only path by which some people can begin to understand these complex matters. I mean people who perhaps don't feel like looking into something that is presented only as a difficult matter, which cannot be defined. :)
It is my case too, and I have Edinger's books to thank for opening my mind to even look into the Bible, because before reading his works I was completely uninterested, even though I had read a few of Jung's works that deal with Christian symbols to some extent. I simply couldn't understand why so many people were driven to believe the Bible word for word and say that it is so profoundly important. Since reading Edinger I was inspired, and I made my own way further into understanding.
You don't have to believe everything he writes, but reading this book is definitely useful in opening your eyes to some very important things.
So as not to mention the satisfaction of seeing it all so clearly expressed, while all other writers say it so ambiguously... you may say it's a guilty pleasure but I say it's a reassuring moment. And it can even be a way of checking your own ideas and conclusions against his: feel free to argue with his theories!
After all, if we take any of these matters too lightly, we will surely learn in time (more or less painfully) how to adjust our attitude! ;)