This is an excellent introduction to Jung and a fantastic addition to the graphic guides series, in fact, I have to say that having read a number of introductions to Jung and Jung's Analytical Psychology, as well as a number of Jung's books in the Routledge Classics series, I wish I had this book to begin with.
For an introductory book I felt this was much more densely packed and had much more information from cover to cover than expected, there is a lot more text page to page than I thought there were in other volumes in the series, such as the introduction to Freud (although this may be subjective).
There is a little dictionary as in the Freud introduction, a good index which will prove useful to anyone who is reading this as a revision or study aid and assist, additionally there is a two page "afterword"/supplemental with reference dealing with the topic of Jung and Nazis. This is kind of a big deal and I know has been treated to much longer and more in depth examinations elsewhere, although this is fine as far as it goes.
If I had any criticisms of this introduction it would be that it did not provide much in the way of an illustration of Jung's unique conception of the psyche, as distinct from Freud's Id, Ego, Super-ego within the bounds of conscious and unconscious, which I think Anthony Stevens illustrated in another introductory book as something like a mandala structure in which archetypes became embedded as complexes. Although this may be consequence of the fact that the book is seeking to cover a lot more theory in such a small space, like Jung's theory of the symbolic, personality types etc. etc. are all covered here, even synchronicity, perhaps briefly but still covered here.
From the moment i picked up the book i DID not want to put it down and i rarely find books that have that effect on me. The book was so exciting and fun at the same time to read because it gave me the life story of jung as well as the important discoveries that not only gave him his reputation but has brought understanding to those that have read his work. This book will take you through the experiences of Jung in his life that lead him to the discoveries. Naturally the book also covers his life experience in the Viena Cirle that he and other Pychologits including Freud were members. The book covers every piece of work by JUNG that you will ever want to know about in the right detail. Because you get a chronological view of jung and his work it is almost as if you are there with him through his extraordinary journey though science and spiritualism, Alchemy, Astrology and Psychology among other things.The illustrations in the book also weave into the writing that accompanies it. By far the balance between the writings and the illustrations in this book is the best in comparison to the other "Introductory books" . I only wish that i could forget some of the books contents so that i can read it again.
The Introducing series is wonderful if you'd like to find out about something without having to read loads of source materials. By having a combination of text and graphics, the subject is brought alive and made more accessible. At the end of this, if you're motivated by what you've read, you can go and read the other books on the topic that are out there waiting. The Introducing series also gets expert writers and artists to explain everything to you. It's not a case of 'dumbing down'.
The book on Jung is very good. It covers every aspect of his life and works, hinting at aspects that we might like to follow up. Jung comes over as an amazing person and anyone interested in personality typing etc. should find this very readable. Jung's ideas have been formative in the 20th century for a number of reasons. I particularly like his focus on mystic elements that were normal for our ancestors (not so long ago) but which we have lost in the march to technology.
A great read. I prefer the previous versions of the series, with pictures on black covers. This latest reprint is a bit smaller.
Here is another brilliant book from the Introducing series. It is a detailed and comprehensive guide to all you need to know about the pioneering life and work of Carl Jung. Fun to read and easy to understand, the inspirational work of this major figure of psychology is brought to life on every single page. Produced in cartoon format author and illustrator compliment each other perfectly in conveying complex ideas simply and succinctly. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an immediate insight into this amazing man.
This is the best introduction to Jung I've written. It's also one of the best of the "Introducing ..." series. I thought I knew everything important about Jung, but there's stuff in this book I didn't know about. It's very clearly written, the illustrations are fun and relevant, and the style is extremely clear. I drop a star only because I think that these "introducing books ..." are over-priced.