An Introduction to Jung's Psychology (Penguin psychology) Paperback – 30 Sep 1953
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This short book, written in Jung's lifetime (with a preface by the great man himself), updated after his death, is one of the earliest attempts to popularise of his thought. It remains one of the best being concisely and clearly written. Starting from Jung's contribution to psychology there are chapters on Jung's theories of introvert and extrovert types, archetypes and the collective unconscious, his ideas of personal development and religion. There is also a final chapter giving an overall biographical picture of the man. This is admittedly dated but still provides an insight into the man.
Because of the time when this book was written, recent controversies over Jung's life are not discussed. There are also aspects of his thinking - such as on alchemy and the occult - about which more might have been said. These can be followed up elsewhere. If you are looking for an introduction to provide compass and bearings into Jung's thought, this is an ideal place to start. If you want a summary to know what Jung's thinking is about, this is also ideal.
Readers wanting pursue Jung's thought further might try Anthony Steven's On Jung. For the man himself, I would suggest either Anthony Storr's selection The Essential Jung: Selected Writings or Jung's own collection of essays RC Series Bundle: Modern Man in Search of a Soul (Routledge Classics).
At the end I felt that I had a good grasp of the personality types and theories proposed by Jung and so it was well worth the read.
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