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C. G. Jung (1875–1961)

Author of Man and His Symbols

759+ Works 36,793 Members 249 Reviews 108 Favorited

About the Author

Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland on July 26, 1875. He originally set out to study archaeology, but switched to medicine and began practicing psychiatry in Basel after receiving his degree from the University of Basel in 1902. He became one of the most famous of modern psychologists and show more psychiatrists. Jung first met Sigmund Freud in 1907 when he became his foremost associate and disciple. The break came with the publication of Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious (1912), which did not follow Freud's theories of the libido and the unconscious. Jung eventually rejected Freud's system of psychoanalysis for his own "analytic psychology." This emphasizes present conflicts rather than those from childhood; it also takes into account the conflict arising from what Jung called the "collective unconscious"---evolutionary and cultural factors determining individual development. Jung invented the association word test and contributed the word complex to psychology, and first described the "introvert" and "extrovert" types. His interest in the human psyche, past and present, led him to study mythology, alchemy, oriental religions and philosophies, and traditional peoples. Later he became interested in parapsychology and the occult. He thought that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) might be a psychological projection of modern people's anxieties. He wrote several books including Studies in Word Association, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, and Psychology and Alchemy. He died on June 6, 1961 after a short illness. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by C. G. Jung

Man and His Symbols (1964) 5,160 copies
Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962) 3,550 copies
Modern Man in Search of a Soul (1933) 1,808 copies
The Undiscovered Self (1957) 1,775 copies
The Portable Jung (1971) 1,603 copies
Dreams (1974) 917 copies
The Red Book (1915) 857 copies
Psychological Types (1921) 854 copies
Answer to Job (1952) — Author — 766 copies
Psychology and Alchemy (1944) 730 copies
The Essential Jung (1983) — Author — 713 copies
Psychology and Religion (1938) 548 copies
Four Archetypes. (1970) 488 copies
Symbols of Transformation (1912) 476 copies
Psyche and Symbol (1958) 387 copies
Alchemical Studies (1967) 353 copies
The Freud/Jung Letters (1974) 238 copies
Practice of Psychotherapy (1954) 229 copies
Psychology and the Occult (1977) 211 copies
On the Nature of the Psyche (1969) 194 copies
Psychiatric Studies (1957) 182 copies
Freud and Psychoanalysis (1961) 171 copies
Jaget och det omedvetna (1900) 164 copies
Civilization in Transition (1964) 159 copies
Aspects of the Masculine (1989) 153 copies
C.G. Jung Speaking (1977) 132 copies
Jung on Active Imagination (1997) 130 copies
Experimental Researches (1973) 109 copies
The Gnostic Jung (1992) 96 copies
Jung on Mythology (1998) 81 copies
Jung on Alchemy (1994) 68 copies
Jung on Evil (1995) 61 copies
Psychology and Education (1601) 51 copies
The Quotable Jung (2015) 43 copies
The Zofingia Lectures (1983) 43 copies
The Black Books (2020) 43 copies
Présent et avenir (1977) 38 copies
Letters, Vol. 2: 1951-1961 (1975) 38 copies
L'énergétique psychique (1928) 36 copies
The Art of C. G. Jung (2018) — Artist — 33 copies
L'âme et la vie (1963) 28 copies
Septem Sermones ad Mortuos (1916) 28 copies
Visions (2 Volume Set) (1997) 25 copies
Das C. G. Jung Lesebuch. (1983) 24 copies
Lo inconsciente (1998) 22 copies
Sobre el amor (2003) 20 copies
Mensbeeld en godsbeeld (1986) 17 copies
La dinamica dell'inconscio (1976) 16 copies
Paracélsica (1989) 16 copies
Jung on astrology (2017) 14 copies
C G Jung Letters (1973) 14 copies
Mens en cultuur (1985) 13 copies
Wirklichkeit der Seele (1990) 13 copies
La saggezza orientale (1997) 13 copies
Verlossing in de alchemie (1985) 12 copies
Realtà dell' anima (1998) 11 copies
Vom Wesen der Träume (1996) 10 copies
Welt der Psyche (1990) 8 copies
The World Within: C.G. Jung In His Own Words (2008) — Featured — 8 copies
Feminen (2015) 7 copies
La dimensione psichica (1972) 6 copies
Ruh (2017) 6 copies
Oerbeelden (1982) 6 copies
Anima e morte (1934) 6 copies
Il simbolismo della messa (1978) 5 copies
L'archetipo della madre (1981) 5 copies
Elementi di psicologia (1995) 5 copies
Podróż na Wschód (1989) 5 copies
Člověk a duše (1995) 5 copies
L' albero filosofico (2007) 4 copies
A vida simbólica (2013) 4 copies
Valda skrifter (2003) 4 copies
Psicologia e poesia (1979) 4 copies
Briefe (German Edition) (1972) 4 copies
Aforismi (2012) 3 copies
Föld és lélek (1993) 3 copies
Archetypy i symbole (1981) 3 copies
Mina ja alateadvus (2005) 3 copies
Le fripon divin (1990) 3 copies
Aspekty mužství (2017) 3 copies
Dinamika nesvesnog (2011) 3 copies
The spirit Mercury (1953) 3 copies
Kinderdromen 3 copies
Immagine e parola (2012) 3 copies
Kisiligin Gelisimi (2015) 3 copies
Jung on the East (1994) 3 copies
100 quotes by Carl Jung (2018) 2 copies
I fenomeni occulti (1980) 2 copies
Four Archetypes 2 copies
Mestused, unend, mted (2004) 2 copies
La vida simbólica (2009) 2 copies
Symbol przemiany w mszy (1998) 2 copies
A filozófusok fája (2000) 2 copies
Odpowiedź Hiobowi (1995) 2 copies
Vybrané spisy C.G. Junga (2014) 2 copies
O essencial da Psicologia (1900) 2 copies
Osobnost a přenos (1998) 2 copies
Un mito moderno (2019) 2 copies
Briefe III: 1956-1961 (2012) 2 copies
Briefe II: 1946-1955 (2012) 2 copies
Lélekgyógyászat (1998) 2 copies
Álom és lelkiismeret (1996) 2 copies
THE WRITINGS OF C.G. JUNG (1959) 2 copies
Wotan: An Essay 2 copies
Kärsimyksestä (1993) 2 copies
Kærlighed og seksualitet (1992) 2 copies
Briefe 1-3: Band 1-3 (2012) 2 copies
Worte der Seele (1995) 2 copies
Obras Escogidas I (2006) 2 copies
2 1 copy
Příroda a duše (2018) 1 copy
La psiche infantile (1994) 1 copy
Analytical Psychology (2019) 1 copy
Psichologiniai tipai (2013) 1 copy
Szellem et (1999) 1 copy
Animus og Anima (1984) 1 copy
Keşfedilmemiş benlik (2013) 1 copy
Sjælens virkelighed (1971) 1 copy
O rozwoju osobowości (2015) 1 copy
Typy psychologiczne (2015) 1 copy
Dvēseles pasaule (1994) 1 copy
San i tumacenje snova (2017) 1 copy
Types psychologiques (2021) 1 copy
Briefe I: 1906-1945 (2012) 1 copy
Freud ve Psikanaliz (2016) 1 copy
Psikolojide Tipler (2019) 1 copy
Opere (2/1) (1998) 1 copy
Yobu eno kotae (1988) 1 copy
Zycie symboliczne (2015) 1 copy
Sobre o amor 1 copy
Mitt liv 1 copy
Psycology 1 copy
La vida simbólica II (2009) 1 copy
Svar på Job 1 copy
Over de liefde (2004) 1 copy
Lettere (2006) 1 copy
La vida simbolica (2009) 1 copy
Opere (1992) 1 copy
Psikoterapi Pratigi (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

The I Ching or Book of Changes (1924) — Foreword, some editions — 3,070 copies
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (1954) — Foreword, some editions — 1,125 copies
The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (1962) — Commentary, some editions — 959 copies
The Origins and History of Consciousness (1949) — Foreword — 589 copies
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 400 copies
The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology (1954) — Contributor — 304 copies
The Psychology of C. G. Jung (1940) — Foreword, some editions — 274 copies
Paracelsus: Selected Writings (1951) — Foreword, some editions — 164 copies
Mystery Stories: An Intriguing Collection (1996) — Contributor — 89 copies
Spiritual Disciplines: Papers from the Eranos Yearbooks. (1960) — Contributor — 87 copies
Reclaiming the Inner Child (1990) — some editions — 64 copies
The sex problem in modern society; an anthology (1931) — Contributor — 12 copies
Matter of Heart (2001) — Actor — 12 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contributor — 10 copies
Engelen stuifmeel uit de hemel (2002) — Contributor — 4 copies
C.G.Jung:Schriften zu Spiritualität und Transzendenz (2013) — Associated name — 2 copies
Friedrich Schiller : Mary Stuart [programme] (2018) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Was Carl Jung a mystic? in Philosophy and Theory (January 2022)
Jung - any good introductions? in Psychology (November 2007)


Quick review: I didn't realize how spectacular both sections of this book would be when I bought it. I've heard Jung was difficult to read but found it engaging. The Undiscovered Self seems like it should be required reading for all civilized human beings. And Symbols and The Interpretation of Dreams led me down paths I hadn't even known were there.
CADesertReader | 20 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
I find the character of Carl Jung so attractive that I feel I’m basking in his words. His inquisitive manner and calm voice take you to places you probably wouldn't go with a lesser intellect, and I find myself drifting into all sorts of reveries.
In old age one begins to let memories unroll before the mind’s eye. And musing, to recognise oneself in the inner and outer images of the past…I try to see a line which leads through my life into the world, and out of the world again. (p.352)

As I’m often confronted with the play between levels in my conscious and unconscious mind. I’m interested in an expert’s view but, in my reading, I don’t think Jung ever resolves what that relationship is and why in the very natural process of waking our dreams usually dissolve or fade.
This was a re-reading of a book I'd bought as a student in the 1970s. But, perhaps because I’ve now lived most of my life, it felt like a first reading. There were many passages (included here) that I wanted to note for reference. It is wonderful to have a form of autobiography that focusses on the inner life rather than external events. In some respects, I was looking for some form of explanation of a visionary event that forms the core of my inner world, so I was not exactly a dispassionate reader. I am also a builder and fascinated by the process of building at Bollingen because I do much the same, in as far as I make things up as I go and try to respond to inner needs.
I am unsystematic, very much by intention. To my mind, in dealing with individuals, only individual understanding will do. We need a different language for every patient (p. 253)

Not all of this book is coherent to me. There seems to be a fundamental contradiction between Jung’s theoretical construction of the mind with its attendant terminology, and his therapeutic practice (quoted above).
This is where those aberrations begin, the first of which is to dominate everything by the intellect. This serves the secret purpose of placing both doctor and patient at a safe distance from the archetypal effect and thus from real experience, and of substituting for psychic reality an apparently secure, artificial, but merely two-dimensional conceptual world in which the reality of life is well covered up by so-called clear concepts. Experience is stripped of its substance, and instead mere names are substituted, which are henceforth put in the place of reality. No one has any obligations to a concept; that is what is so agreeable about conceptuality - it promises protection from experience. (p.167)

Unfortunately for me, Jung’s Christianity gets in the way of any thorough coherence. I just can’t reconcile the contradictions inherently lurking beneath Christian dogma with any intelligent clarity.
Numinous experience elevates and humiliates simultaneously. (p. 177)
For as long as we do not understand their meaning, such fantasies are a diabolical mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous. (p. 202)
I studiously avoided all such ‘holy men.’ I did because I had to make do with my own truth, not accept from others what I could not attain on my own. (p.305)
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simonpockley | 24 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
Jung's recording of his visions, followed by metaphysical analysis, full of either nonsense or wisdom. Either way, it's heavy work. Not going to dedicate the time to the full thing now.
lelandleslie | 15 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
"Gegenwart und Zukunft" von 1957
betty_s | 20 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |



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R.F.C. Hull Translator, Editor
Anthony Storr Editor, Contributor
Lilly Jung-Merker Herausgeber
Stanley Dell Translator
George Wagner Producer
Aniela Jaffé Contributor, Editor
Ulrich Hoerni Preface, Editor
Robert Coles Introduction
Gerhard Adler Editor, Director, Translator
Sonu Shamdasani Editor, Foreword, Introduction
John Holmes Cover artist
Jolande Jacobi Contributor
John Freeman Introduction
Clara Winston Translator
Roland Cahen Translator
Yves Le Lay Translator
Richard Winston Translator
Igors Šuvajevs Translator, Composer
W. S. Dell Translator
Cary F. Baynes Translator
Eric Nitsche Cover designer
Eva Richtrová Translator
Petr Patočka Translator
John Peck Translator
Mark Kyburz Translator
H.G. Baynes Translator
John A. Sanford Introduction
Arno Bohlmeijer Translator
Karel Plocek Translator
Leonard Baskin Cover designer
Edward Gorey Typography
Cary Baynes Translator
Mary Barker Prefatory Note
David Bomberg Cover artist
Margaret Game Prefatory Note
E.A. Bennet Foreword
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