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Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to w ...more
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Published January 26th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1961)
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Jul 11, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, psychology
“The meaning of my existence is that life has addressed a question to me. Or, conversely, I myself am a question which is addressed to the world, and I must communicate my answer, for otherwise I am dependent upon the world’s answer.” – Carl Jung; Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

I know very little about psychology but it’s a subject I’m very interested in. A friend recommended Jung to me when I began writing down my dreams some months ago and started noticing some patterns.

I think this is a great
Mar 02, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks Reason is king
Shelves: favoriteclassics
I delved into this book, a Christmas present from a friend, to learn more about Jung's psychological concepts, namely the collective unconcious; the anima and animas; the shadow; mandalas; the Self. About twenty pages in, though, I amended my purpose. I sought not facts but an answer to this question: Should I, Jon Medders, let myself be more like C.G. Jung?

See, Jung's narrative demonstrates a way to live one's life that I have often suspected might work well for me: minimize one's tendencies
Maxwell Purrington
Why Memories, Dreams and Reflections is meaningful for me.

I shall begin by telling you of an event that occurred to me at college but which had its genesis four years earlier and the subsequent consequences of which remain to be completely known.

One evening when I was 14 years old I went to bed much as I always had done. Sometime later after falling to sleep I awoke. To my astonishment at the foot of my bed and somewhat elevated into the air were two personages. An elderly man with the wrinkles
A lucid and precise book, that is also easy to read. These points touched me the most:

That Jung gives his internal experiences a much higher value than his external experiences. I wonder how long it took him to do that.

That he could continue treating people without fear, even after his life was threatened so many times by crazy patients. I used to think this was a modern disease, but hell no!

The difficulties Jung faced with Freud, and the courage he required to break away from him, yet not crit
Ann M
Jan 03, 2008 Ann M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is an amazing book, from a truly amazing man. Some of the concepts that we toss around that came from Jung:

* The concept of introversion vs. extroversion
* The concept of the complex
* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was inspired by Jung's psychological types theory.
* Socionics, similar to MBTI, is also based on Jung's psychological types.
* Archetype concept, as an element of the archaic common substratum of the mind, or Collective Unconscious mind.
* Synchronicity idea, as an alterna
May 13, 2010 Nathanimal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: das-buch, psychology
I love Jung. I love him so much I bought the t-shirt. Seriously, for my birthday I got a t-shirt with Jung's big white face on it, and I wear it all the time. He looks pretty serious. I want people to know that Jung is watching them, so behave.

Sometimes I wonder, Am I a Jungian? Not really. But I could be. Everytime I read Jung I feel a greater part of myself converted. I do have a compulsive interest in dreams. Murakami's short stories do strike a chord with me. As skeptical as I am about every
James Curcio
Jul 18, 2010 James Curcio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read anything by Jung, read this book. This deals with his psychological theories in a much more personal way than his other work, and, as it is written in the twilight of his life, he has no fear of academic or personal reprisal. His analysis of Freud is particularly revealing- both damning and humanizing. It also gives a very powerful insight into the way that myths can be opened up for personal growth & analysis. Of course, if you want to get the most out of this book, it may help ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 24, 2012 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jung fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Jung's autobiography was not really written by Jung. As the cover says, it was "recorded and edited by Aniela Jaffe" between 1957 and his death in 1961. She therefore deserves much credit for producing a readable narrative which is quite entertaining, though not to be completely trusted.

I reread the book and indexed it when taking a course on Jung with the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago during the first semester of 1982/83. Ironically, although the copy of the first e
Martha Love
Dec 22, 2015 Martha Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you only read one book that is written by Carl Jung, this is the book to read. It is the most understandable book he has written and one I enjoy reading over and over!

Jung wrote this book as more of a case study than as an autobiography, giving you a first hand understanding of his inner process. We do not usually get this kind of information from our great ones in psychology, rather we only get to read of their theories once formed and perhaps studies with their clients. But we rarely are p
John Kulm
Dec 27, 2009 John Kulm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could probably learn something new each time I read this book, although, I might need a few years before I pick it up again. The book became tedious for me toward the end. I think his protege and successor Marie-Louise von Franz distills and presents Jung's ideas with more clarity. But maybe that’s just me.

This is a different sort of autobiography because its focus is more internal than external. In the prologue to Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote, "In the end the only events in my l
Feb 18, 2011 Sherah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain, biography
I really, really, really, really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. I developed a strong crush on Dr. Jung due to his extreme sensitivity, reflection, and openmindedness displayed naturally from a very young age. We often fall for those who've been through the same fundamental inner experiences; I related so hard to his battle with religious doubt as a pre-teen and teenager. I highlighted so much of the section of this book in which he explains his thoughts about God, as I'd had the sa ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Ghada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
مبدئياً, الكتاب قرأته بالغلط...كنت متصوره موضوعه غير كده

هو من مذكرات د/كارل يونج...طفولته, أحلامه الشخصيه, صراعه مع فرويد
عجبتني نظريته عن الأحلام و إختلافاته مع فرويد فيها

إجمالاً: مع إني قرأت الكتاب بالغلط لكن عجبني و شجعني أقرأ لـ يونج قريباً

ملحوظه: الكتاب سمعته أوديو...وهي نسخه مختصره لكتاب حجمه حوالي 400 صفحه
Farhan Khalid
Myth is more individual and expresses life more precisely than does science

These are nothing but islands of memory afloat in a sea of vagueness

I was deeply troubled by my mother's being away

I always felt mistrustful when the world "love" was spoken

I have trusted men friends and been disappointed

I have mistrusted women friends and was not disappointed

The prayer gave me a sense of comfort in face of the vague uncertainties

When I was with them I became different from the way I was at home

It occurre
Oct 13, 2012 Barak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and somewhat different autobiography.

As far as I can discern normally biographies and autobiographies can be divided into two kinds:

1. Those that put emphasis on the factual; either describing historical events in the person's life accompanied by cautious interpretations by the author (these will be the official biographies in many cases) or facts describing and interpreting the body of work of the person discussed, as is the case for intellectual biographies of philosophers and o
Andy McKenzie
I went through love/hate cycles with the words, sentences, paragraphs, and themes in this book. There is much that is profound and that I found potentially useful, but there is also much that seems dangerously delusional.


1) Jung is an expert on the unconscious and that knowledge is on full display. The chapter "Confrontation with the Unconscious" is great on this. In particular, the sections near p 187 discuss how one should strive to differentiate oneself from one's unconscious conten
Jul 31, 2013 Blumenfeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Blumenfeld by: greenturtleisland
What a fantastic, refreshing read!

Jung makes a great point addressing the loss of myths in the modern society, giving insights on neuroses and psychosis, and above everything––the importance of exploring unconscious. Of course, he goes further telling what has led him to this colossal journey, meeting and parting his ways with Freud, etc. We get to know the most intimate of Jung’s core––his dreams.

I'd recommend this book to anyone. One could find out not only a tone about Jung and his life but
Apr 19, 2008 Elinor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Jung's autobiography, which overall, I really enjoyed. Some of it is a little out-there for me, such as his belief in alchemy and spirits and other such things; I've heard he may have been a tiny bit unhinged. His spiritual views are beautiful, however, and I found them very inspiring. I was also very impressed with his incredible drive- he felt that his life had a realy purpose that he was destined to fulfill, and he worked extremely hard to accomplish his goals. This ambition made me f ...more
Newton Nitro
Jun 07, 2016 Newton Nitro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Memórias, Sonhos e Reflexões (Memories, Dreams and Reflections) – Carl Jung | Vintage Books Edition, 430 páginas| Lido de 06.06.16 a 07.06.16

Reunidas e editadas poucos anos antes da morte de Jung, por Aniela Jaffé, sua colaboradora, essas memórias se apresentam como uma autoanálise de um dos grandes pensadores da humanidade. Nelas, estão presentes fatos como a pesquisa do inconsciente como caminho do eu interior, as divergências da psiquiatria do princípio do século e as viagens à África.
همه آثار یونگ برای آنها که به دنبال پاسخگویی به سوال های مهمی در زندگی هستند، ارزشمند هستند. سوال هایی مانند اینکه آیا خواب های ما بخشی از زندگی واقعی ما هستند و آیا آنها می توانند زندگی روزمره ما را هدایت کنند؟ سوال هایی مانند اینکه آیا ما زندگی های دیگری در این کره زمین داشته ایم؟ و از همه مهم تر اینکه: من کیستم؟ من در چنبره زندگی، اسطوره، واقعیت، رویا و آرزو، کیستم؟
Ismael Galvan
Mar 24, 2014 Ismael Galvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I see Jung as a Buddha or Christ figure. Not that he’s a god, but that he provided us with a beautiful revelation about our meaning and spirituality. Along with Freud, his work formed the foundation of modern psychology. Yet, he has always been considered a radical, in his time and ours, for acknowledging the soul and its relation with the unconscious.

This book is unlike all his others because of his openness. It's more than just his autobiography; it is his great revelation before he died. The
Derek Davis
I can't give this book an overall rating because I so dislike Jung as he presents himself here (or it may be the way the material was assembled by his editor). Also, I've read none of his salient scientific/psychological/philosophical work – nor am I likely to after this.

He strikes me as an arrogant blowhard much of the time, even considering he was in his mid-80s when he allowed this personal material, for the first time, to be put in autobiographical form. I've heard that Jung had quite a sen
Apr 19, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of great quotes from this! Interesting to read his life history from such an iconic and influential figure. Definitely worth reading again in more depth. There's so much there!
Ed Smiley
Everything seems to be taking me through the intersection of the dream world and my individuality. I simply hate to read Jung when everything seems to cry out synchonicity--it's all too obvious. I'm currently re-reading Finnegans Wake, a treasure trove or archetypes and everything else for that matter.

Jung seems to have an extraordinary direct access to unconscious material thoughout his life. I was pretty deeply plunged into Jung's abyss (as James Joyce would put it, I was "jung and easily freu
Feb 07, 2013 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book surely makes you wonder. More than learning about his life, which is of course extremely interesting, it makes you think about concepts and ideas. There are things which I am convinced of: that one should treat psichiatric patients individually, by listening to their life stories and trying to understand what was it in that life that made them get where they did; that there are myths and archetypes which we need and to which we relate instinctively throughout our lives; that a person i ...more
Mikael Lind
Sep 19, 2012 Mikael Lind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, biography
I have always wanted to read Jung, and for some reason I decided to start with this book. I guess that was both a bad decision. (Which is fine, since Jung himself is passionate about opposites and different kinds of dualism!) Some parts didn't really make much impression on me, or they required a bit more knowledge on the reader's side of Jung's work. There were parts that really grabbed my interest, though! I think some of his dreams are extremely interesting. Actually, I don't really believe t ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jung, religion
Jung was evidently extremely reluctant to compose a memoir of his life, and thus in this autobiographical volume there persists a conspicuous hesitancy to comment on the outer trappings of his life, with barely a word mentioned about his marriage, and not a single one about his association with the General Medical Society for Psychotherapy, from which he resigned as it became increasingly swayed toward Nazism. Instead Jung concentrates far more on his inner life, especially during his formative ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an acid trip of a read but I recommend it. It is not, by any means, the most exciting book in the world but I believe it to be a one of a kind autobiography. Jung seemed to live his entire life in a sort of stream-of-unconsciousness. He gave equal value to the natural and supernatural and his ideas on the latter, while horribly misguided, were nonetheless fascinating. Regardless, it is worth the read if only to understand how deeply we humans can explore our own psyche.
I did like this book and found it a very interseting insight into the conflicting ides of major streams of psychology. I found the outherwordly or strange and weird experiences he writes about believable enough. having had plenty of such experiences myself, and I do believe myself, most of the time, though one must be cautious if one is currently very afraid of something, or under the influence of ... love, drugs, propaganda, hypnotism, a carismatic dick, whatever. Your memeory and your senses d ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned that experience is the most authentic form of learning and that Jung had all the authority of personal self research of the psyche to validate his findings. I learned something about the balance of the human organism and how it can be distorted and that Jung himself was a quite good model of balance. I learned that the Lord of the Rings is so powerful because it isn't fantasy but allegory for some of the deepest human archetypes, aspects of our own evolutionary beings that we still car ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Idiosyncratic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading this, but thank God he lived and died well before I was old enough to know of him;I would have been completely and utterly thunderstruck and smitten. (As were many women; he had a distinct harem.)What has struck me most (thus far) were the stories of the little wooden man he hid in the attic, and the vision of the carriage, which he immediately recognized as "his" historic time. His profound sense - and recognition - of another world outside of our standard reality is so compel ...more
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