I find Jung very open to mystery. The followers of Freud took a more pessimistic turn. But C.G. Jung is really into ghosts, the possibility of a post death state, taking dreams seriously, a serious grappling with Kant and all the trappings of mystery.
Some say that this is a censored Jung, but what Jung says about Freud's elevation of the testicles to replace his lost YHWE being evil is very true.
Overall this book is a good read.
The only disappointment for me is Jung's ignorance of his Swiss neighbour Albert Hoffman and the LSD potion.
Memories, Dreams, Reflections , is the autobiography of the late phycologist C.G.Jung. It begins as a typical biography but doesn't take long to unravel into a masterful journey into the phycology of the unconscious and complexities of the mind. The result is an enlightening , ambiguous and mind boggling experience that isn't quickly forgotten . The short accounts of jungs personal life are brief and unusual . He is purposely blasé,factual and emotionless when regarding critical moments in his life outside of his career . Deaths of relatives are brushed over without detail and are revolt of emotions . This is unusual for the reader and it's something that I find very strange . It's obviously a choice Jung made to focus exclusively on the the area of his life's work and not drift of into personal issues, which could perhaps subjectively influence its meaning in way Jung didn't want. Thus, I believe Jungs personal life is without a doubt a side dish to the main, which is his profession and his reflection of his findings. In its early form phycology was considered a quack science and was poorly understood. When Jung came across the subject he describes this encounter as fate as if all he had ever been searching for had been rightfully found. He goes on to become a leading professor in phycology and rises to the top of his field. It's extremely interesting to hear of his aquintance to Freud, and there are many encounters that are actually very funny. Freud was without a doubt an odd character as well as a genius so an insight from someone so close to him is incrediblely interesting. But for however insightful his study's into the mind and dreams are , it's his prediction of his interpretation of life after death that sticks with me most. His analysis of death, space and time , is genius. To have a prediction from a man so in tune with the mind and the unconscious is an enlightenment for me ; the connection I have with this chapter is strong and undeniable. I hugely recommend this book even if you can't relate to his theories the journey of such an intelligent man is fascinating. Without a doubt a five star.
Enjoyed the original autobiography very much. This is more low key, interesting but not very well constructed. Nevertheless her personality and character shine through and she has great powers of observation. Very entertaining. MF would make a great dinner party guest!