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Shadow and evil in fairy tales (1974)

by Marie-Louise von Franz

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Necessita conoscenza dei termini della psicologia junghiana (Ombra, Animus, Anima, archetipo e inconscio collettivo, simbolo, individuazione...) anche perché e stranamente questa edizione non ha un glossario.
Nel libro sono raccolte due serie di lezioni tenute dalla Von Franz al C.G. Jung Institute nell'inverno 1957 e inverno 1964.
La von Franz, quasi con la stessa erudizione di Jung di cui é stata allieva e collaboratrice, utilizza per la sua indagine il metodo dell'amplificazione del simbolo archetipico, spaziando dalla mitologia alla filologia, dalla letteratura all'antropologia, alla storia.
Oltre all'apprendimento di un metodo utilissimo per l'interpretazione delle fiabe, questo e gli altri lavori della Von Franz a loro dedicati, contengono molti e più che utili spunti per il proprio personale lavoro di individuazione. (confronto e integrazione dell'Ombra, più facile a dirsi che a farsi...)
Bibliografia in italiano:
Franz M. L. von., Le fiabe interpretate, Bollati Boringhieri Editore, Torino 1980.
Franz M. L. von., Il femminile nella fiaba, Bollati Boringhieri Editore, Torino 1983.
Franz M. L. von., Le fiabe del lieto fine, edizioni RED, Novara 1986.
Franz M. L. von., L'individuazione nella fiaba, Bollati Boringhieri Editore, Torino 1987.
  Pandora59 | Apr 23, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0877739749, Paperback)

Fairy tales seem to be innocent stories, yet they contain profound lessons for those who would dive deep into their waters of meaning. In this book, Marie-Louise von Franz uncovers some of the important lessons concealed in tales from around the world, drawing on the wealth of her knowledge of folklore, her experience as a psychoanalyst and a collaborator with Jung, and her great personal wisdom. Among the many topics discussed in relation to the dark side of life and human psychology, both individual and collective, are:

   •  How different aspects of the "shadow"—all the affects and attitudes that are unconscious to the ego personality—are personified in the giants and monsters, ghosts, and demons, evil kings and wicked witches of fairy tales
   •  How problems of the shadow manifest differently in men and women
   •  What fairy tales say about the kinds of behavior and attitudes that invite evil
   •  How Jung's technique of Active imagination can be used to overcome overwhelming negative emotions
   •  How ghost stories and superstitions reflect the psychology of grieving
   •  What fairy tales advise us about whether to struggle against evil or turn the other cheek

Dr. von Franz concludes that ever rule of behavior that we can learn from the unconscious through fairy tales and dreams is usually a paradox: sometimes there must be a physical struggle against evil and sometimes a contest of wits, sometimes a display of strength or magic and sometimes a retreat. Above all, she shows the importance of relying on the central, authentic core of our being—the innermost Self, which is beyond the struggle between the opposites of good and evil.

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