This book explores the use and development of man's symbolizing capacities-those qualities that make him distinctly human. Dr. Whitmont describes the symbolic approach to a dream, which takes into account a symptom's meaning in reference to an unfolding wholeness of personality. He then presents the view that the instinctual urge for meaning is served by the symbolizing capacities, and that this urge has been repressed in our time. In the field of psychology, this symbolic approach is most fully exemplified by the theories of C. G. Jung. The author's contribution includes many differentiations and speculations, especially concerning the problems of relatedness.… (more)
Twentieth century psychology, in its concern with depth analysis, and twentieth century physics have begun to direct man's attention toward the use of symbols as a helpful means of comprehending and making use of the non-rational and intuitive realms of functioning.
True individuation occurs through living the fullness of one's life, its joys, pains and defects as symbolic actualizations of a Self reality which is "suprahuman and only partly conceivable" but nonetheless "recognized as existing".
In this highly acclaimed work Edward C. Whitmont explores C.G. Jung's revolutionary discoveries about the archetypal world and the self, offering practical insights into the process of healing and transformation. Describing life as a dramatic story in which all our experiences take on meaning, Whitmont stresses the need to encounter that story's symbolic underpinnings not only intellectually but also emotionally. He has added material amplifying the importance of one's relationship to collectivity and community and conveying new interpretations of classical Jungian thinking on gender archetypes.