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on 24 April 2013
Although presented as an autobiography, 'Memories, Dreams, Reflections' was the project of German Jungian Analyst Aniela Jaffe, written with the permission and assistance of C G Jung in his very late years. It is not, at his request, considered part of his 'Collected Works'.

Jung's personal relationships are outside the scope of this book - rather he agreed only to share aspects of his life relevant to his ideas. To ensure this, Jung himself wrote the chapters concerning his childhood and school days, and also a chapter 'Late Thoughts' which is a commentry on how the carefully selected exposures are linked to his life's work.

Chapters primarily written by Jaffe cover Jung's divergence from Freudian Psychology, his confrontation with his own unconscious (which really helps unlock the meaning behind his famous 'Red Book'), influences from other cultures and summaries of his major works. All are illustrated using real case examples and vivid dream recollections and make for an enjoyable read.

Perhaps the most frank and revealing part of the book is the brief final chapter in which a somewhat solemn tone is taken in describing a path that was in many ways lonely to experience.

Whilst it is by no means a substitution for Jung's papers themselves, this book is a very compelling insight into the life and experiences that led to the development of his theories. It adds a new level of understanding to a serious student, and provides an easy to read account of a highly influential psychologist to many others.
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on 9 March 2017
You've got to be interested in the subject to appreciate the uniqueness of Jung
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on 6 July 2009
This book is a clearly written and interesting account of the life of C.G.Jung, beginning with his early life as the son of a cleric, his working years and finally what he calls 'late thoughts'. For the person who wants to know about Jung and to understand something of his psychology without attempting to read The Collected Works, Memories, Dreams and Reflections is an ideal way to start. Throughout his life and as an analyst, Jung developed a refreshing ability to stand outside himself and to bring so much of his unconscious material into consciousness. In my opinion, reading this book is like stumbling upon an aladdin's cave of fascinating experience and amazing insights which show this great man's lifetime achievements but are relayed with considerable humility.
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on 29 October 2011
"Memories, Dreams, Reflections" (MDR) is often regarded as Carl Gustav Jung's autobiography. In reality, Jung only wrote a few chapters, and even these were edited by his secretary Aniela Jaffé, the real mover and shaker behind MDR. The rest of the book is Jaffé's creation. Apparently, Jung never saw the finished manuscript and MDR wasn't published until after his death. The full story is told in "Jung stripped bare" by Sonu Shamdasani.

Despite this, MDR is nevertheless of considerable interest. Regardless of whether it reflects the "real" Jung or not, it certainly shows us the Jung of the Jungians. This is how most Jung fans *want* Jung to be, and what draws them to Jungianism in the first place.

Personally, I found the following chapters interesting: "Visions", "On life after death" and "Late thoughts". Jung describes a near-death experience, discusses the possibility of reincarnation, and explains his views on good and evil. Of course, there is a lot of interesting (and frankly bizarre) material in the rest of the book, as well. Jung had strange visions of an anti-Christian and phallic nature already as a child, and as an adult he met a spirit-being named Philemon, who became his guru. Philemon was a bearded man with two horns and the wings of a kingfisher. (If you ever see him again, please call NBC News!) Jung also tells the famous story of how his house in Switzerland was haunted by the souls of dead crusaders, and how Jung calmed them down by writing "Seven sermons to the dead".

Theologically, pardon the expression, Jung seems to have been a pantheist or impersonal panentheist. His view of God was bipolar: evil is part of God. There is also a strong streak of antinomianism: God prods people to do evil deeds so they can experience his grace, everyone must confront "the shadow", etc. This is the least sympathetic part of Jung's message. Overall, his worldview is pantheistic, animistic and Gnosticizing. Only Jung's scientific pretensions stopped him from sounding like another version of Rudolf Steiner or Madame Blavatsky. (The Theosophical Society Adyar have published a book called "The Gnostic Jung". Hardly a co-incidence.)

At least this is how C.G. Jung comes across in MDR. And whether we like it or not, this is the "archetypal" Jung, the Jung of the Gospels, so to speak, in contrast to "the historical Jung", who may or may not have been somebody else entirely. MDR gives us the culture icon, the spiritual sage preaching to an increasingly secular age in which Man has lost his Soul.

Or something. ;-)
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on 25 July 2015
This is name dropping book of gossip...but WHAT names, WHAT gossip. Even if you aren't a fan, you won't put it down.
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on 22 January 2010
I am an amateur into the world of psychology / psychiatry / Jung. I read psychology half a year as an introductory course at entering University. After that, I have from time to time read occational books and articles. So I am an amateur and not at all qualified at talking too much about this subject.
But - this meeting with Jung and his world has left - and is going to leave - a lasting impact on me. I have ordered more books by him, so this one proved to be a good starting point. It gives you a glimpse into a real remarkable mind and man. Humble, doing as good as he could he says, someone else might have done better, but he did what he managed to. Now that is one of history's greatest understatements. His journey through religion, alchemy, gnosticism, the occult, psychoanalysis, the world of dreams and visions is a remarkable one. His strange visions in Italy and during meetings with Freud are food for lasting reflections and afterthought. The chapter on life after death is touching. The story of the Seven sermons for the dead likeways.
My only small "objection" is that some small parts of the first chapters - on his childhood and education - might be a bit repetitive. Cutting down 20-30 pages could have made the first half of the book slightly more tight. But then, his strolling through life, following his sudden impulses and no tight scheme is shown in this respect too, so who am I to make this objection?
Buy it - read it - and don't you ever forget it!
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on 4 November 2016
Awesome TYVM
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on 5 August 2016
Good
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on 6 June 2017
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.
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on 21 November 2012
Lovely person who's lived a life and a half but this tome is a little deep and meandering rather than her 'Faithfull'
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