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Man and His Symbols School & Library Binding – 15 Aug 1968

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  • School & Library Binding: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; School & Library ed. edition (15 Aug. 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613922670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613922678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.

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Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
This is the last and perhaps the most important book written by Dr. Carl Gustav Jung. He was among the first to interpret dreams and amazingly this book came about *because* of a dream. Jung dreamt he was talking about this topic to a large audience who were *not* psychiatrists and psychologists - evidently *his* unconcsious put it's stamp of approval on this project!
This book is a great introduction to the "hidden" meaning of the symbols used in legends, medieval archetecture, classic books, and ancient myths as well as dreams. Patterns of psychic growth and development, individuation and transcendence are explained along with other psychological terms with real life examples at times. It is not about depth psychology or sociopathic problems.
One chapter was written by C.G. Jung, the others were written by his eminent followers, among whom are: M.L. von Frantz, Joseph L. Henderson, Angela Jaffe, and Jolande Jacobi. This book is a "must have" for anyone who is interested in learning more about human behavior from the "inside out". Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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To be honest when i first picked up the book i was sure that it would be an eye opener but i got more than i expected . It was almost as if i had opened another set of eyes that were able to see though humanity. The reason being that this book allows you to see the world for what it trully is rather than what it appears to be. Man and his Symbols dives into the human psyche to expose the misconceptions we have about ourselves and others as well as exposing some of the similarities we have with other people. Carl Gustav and other writers in the book are very talented in relating the 20 years of research which it took to uncover the mystery about our conscious world and the unconscious world that we tend to ignore.This made the book more pleasant to read.The book also doesn't assume that you are familiar with his other work and gives a full overview of other related topics to do with the psyche. I also loved reading the sections of the book devoted to our dreams and their relevance. By doing this you are taken on a wonderfull journey through your mind and the minds of others. I also loved the book because it was written by a multitude of people each with their own opinion on the same topic area. And i can say that this made the book more interesting to read. I spent many late nights with this book in my hands. After i read this book i have so far read more of Jungs other books as they cover many different topics that all offer the same if not more
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I went looking for a book that would be simple to read and understand. This was definitely it. As some one who has never studied psychology and who has very little knowledge of Jung or even the subject. I found it very informative but also put in terms that were very easy to understand. If your interested in the subject it's a definite must read. simple but not patronising.
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Jung's style of writing is annoying, as he seems to go from one tangent to the next, without much indication of the point he seems to be trying to make. However, if you can deal with this and make it through the first chapter, there is a wealth of knowledge inside this book. There are several chapters, each written by a different associate of Jung, so the book is fairly balanced, and gives a wide spectrum of information and experience to the reader, from different angles and points of view.

This book is excellent if you've just discovered Jung, and you're looking for a summary of his works. It touches on most of his theories, but focuses on the symbols of man, the archetypes, and the collective unconscious, and how these are shown through dreams. After reading this (and rereading many parts again) I've found myself quite able to interpret my own dreams, and have even attempted to interpret others'. Jung notes that it's important to remember that dreams are quite personal to the dreamer, and one symbol may mean something completely different for somebody else. He stresses the importance that the interpretation "clicks" for the dreamer, and "feels right".

The book deals with seemingly constant struggle between mans' rational, modern way of thinking, and the more intuitive and unconscious way of thinking of our ancestors. Modern man has seemingly forgotten himself, amongst the distractions of modern life, and so our one link from our rational minds to our symbolic minds is through dreams.

The way in which aboriginal people strive to create a parallel between their outer world and inner world is interesting, and may be a missing link in the modern way of life, keeping us from seeing our spiritual nature.
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This a terrible photocopied version of the original text. The images and symbols are distorted, out of focus and very difficult to make out. Stellar Books/ Stellar Classics should be ashamed of themselves.
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The book is simply a photocopy of a previous edition. What's more, the photocopy does not line up meaning references within the book (that would normally be part of a center spread of images) are placed across two pages. The work itself is amazing, just disappointed at the laziness of production.
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