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on 19 June 2001
This is one of Jung's finest although it makes some demands on the cerebral capacity of the reader. Its main benefit is that the Jungian notions here comes out in their full theoretical depth. It's imperative, namely, to get a thorough and deep understanding of Jungian psychology, otherwise you haven't understood it at all. Jungian psychology is plagued by this problem that the notions are shallowly understood. Not even the very central concept of the archetype is rightly understood in many quarters. But here Jung takes us to the deepest layers of his thinking. The archetype is described as a living complex within the psyche of the individual, as a reasonably autonomous personality with a certain conscious luminosity of its own. This goes for the god-complex, too, although, Jung underlines, this doesn't disprove the existence of a transcendental God. This book handles many important questions and constitutes in fact a survey of Jungian psychology: personal and collective unconscious, anima and animus, transcendental function, etc. As this book is Jungian psychology in a nutshell it could be recommended as introductory, provided that the reader is theoretically adept. In fact, I really recommend taking on this book early when studying Jung in order to avoid shallow miscomprehensions of his psychology. However, as the book thoroughly treats questions concerning the encounter with the unconscious, such as phenomena arising from the assimilation of the unconscious, it is very much directed towards professionals. This book will satisfy the appetite of any person with a theoretical disposition.
Mats W
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on 1 July 2010
magnificent book on Jungs insights and development on his view of the source of neurosis and how to work on it.

Easy to read, fine balance between examples, illusions and theories. Great basic view on the balance between the conscious and the unconscious worlds in our heads.

Pinpoint explanation on neurosises and maintaining the world of illusion.

Alas only a few will understand what he is talking about. Not because the majority cannot comprehend but because the theorie goes beyond cause & effect and enters the reader in the realm of quantum mechanics. Inspirational for readers of Deepak Chopra, Paul McKenna, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, etc, etc due to the very basics of illusionary living.
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