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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 September 2012
As mentioned above, this is probably Jung's most influential work of psychology. Even psychologists of a Behaviourist persuasion such as Hans Eysenck found value in the ideas of extrovert and introvert. But Jung's typology goes further, advocating four functions (thinking, feeling, intuition and sensation) which combined with the introvert/extrovert axis also help in defining what type a personality may default to. These have been used in the Myers-Briggs tests that are used by business.

Yet for all the influence this book has had, is it worth reading? My answer is yes, though I am aware that many find Jung difficult, especially in his longer works. In this book, Jung's writing is clear, and free of the difficulties that may be encountered reading, for example, his works on alchemy. The problem some readers may still have is, the not uncommon one, of his erudition. For the first 330 pages, the book concentrates less on the typology as such (though it is alluded to) than on a survey of precedents to the main ideas of the book. This includes a tour of subjects that include the Gnostics, the Roman doctor Galen, German literature and William James to name only a few.

On the whole this is well written. The ideas here are of interest to students and scholars, or those (like me) interested in esoterica. They are also of interest to those interested in Jung's alter work because it is an earlier version of the history of Western consciousness that he was to develop in Aion (Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 9 (Part 2): Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self: Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self v. 9, Pt. 2) and Answer to Job: (From Vol. 11 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung) (New in Paper) (Jung Extracts). But maybe this is of less interest to general readers.

The full discussion of typology with definition of types and their use in psychotherapy is not discussed until Chapter Ten. After this there is an interesting discussion of the use of types in therapy and glossary of definitions of various Jungian ideas including Anima/Animus, individuation and soul, all of which are of definite interest not least because these are Jung's own words defining his terminlogy.

Also included at the end of the volume are four additional essays also concerned with typology. Readers of Modern Man in Search of a Soul (Routledge Classics) will recognise one of these (A Psychological Theory of Types), which is his most succinct of all his writings on the subject, and an essential read. Readers may find these useful to read these before the main body of the book, as it provides background for the early chapters. Alternatively there is Daryl Sharp's Personality Types: Jung's Model of Typology (Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts) which gives an elegant overview of type theory, and might even be read as a supplement or even instead of the original if you find it be too heavy.

In the end, I give this five stars to Psychological Types because it is an exhilarating read. There are ideas in here which help me understand people I may initially feel less drawn to. They are of use in understanding how people interact together, even if as Jung himself says in his Epilogue, there may be other types to those discussed here. There is a lot of insight within these pages.
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on 1 September 2006
A genuinely brilliant and convincing read with none of those slightly unsatisfying gaps that characterised 'Archtypes and the Collective Unconsciousness' and none of the bewildering mumbo-jumbo that relegated Aion still unfinished gathering dust on the bookshelf. While the language is never obscure or difficult Jung can labour things a bit at times so it can be slow going, . Nevertheless it is absolutely worth the time & patience. One of the most interesting ( as opposed to entertaining) books i've ever had the priviledge of reading. A Full Five stars for the fascinating content, Three and a half ( maybe four ) stars for style and delivery. Highly recommended (to patient readers).
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on 11 November 2013
This book is not the easiest of reads but do make the time and learn about the approach of Jung. A master in his time and over 50 years later the power of his research and teachings are so profound. As someone who uses Jungian psychology I have been increasingly inspired by the work of this man. Learn, reflect, use and see the impact on others and on self. We still know so little of how the human mind works that even this mighty book is the tip of learning - other works of Jung unleash more knowledge and help on a powerful journey. This book is essential reading for anyone who has an interest in self and Jung.
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on 19 August 2010
this is where the MBTI, the JTI etc. all started. the right terminology and questions are in play, though there are also a lot of dead ends and dead chapters. jungs scholarly treatment of the sources could have been better, though he deserves points for bringing the material forth. however, this is no, as many presume, a more philosophical or deep basis for the MBTI/JTI etc. - it is jung grasping at what was new territorry in 1919/21
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on 12 January 2015
Very Interesting Book. It's always better to read Jung's ACTUAL WRITINGS than to just read Popular Little Quotes or a Wikipedia Page. :)
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on 27 December 2015
Excellent book. Excellent condition. A must read. Delivered timely.
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on 8 August 2014
Thanks for posting me 'Psychological Types (Collected Works of C. G. Jung)'.
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