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Symbols of Transformation (Jung's Collected Works #5)

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A complete revision of Psychology of the Unconscious (orig. 1911-12), Jung's first important statement of his independent position.

Paperback, 590 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Princeton University Press (first published 1912)
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Jung es uno de mis gurús. Su literatura me ha ayudado a conocerme más. En una especie de autoanálisis me ha permitido conocer mucho acerca de mi origen emocional y de las formas de pensar y actuar de la gente que me es cercana. Me ha acercado a cierto equilibrio vital. En este libro hay varias de las ideas clave de Jung así como de los conceptos a los cuales llegó en base al estudio y comparación de los orígenes de la cultura religiosa, así como de la familia y de las influencias que ésta implan ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Therapists
As intense and difficult as this work is, it enlightened my understanding of Jung's psychology of the unconscious by providing a clear and thorough path through the the use of one woman's (Miss Miller of NYC) fantasies/dreams. Now I can better focus on my aim as a psychotherapist: to bridge the gap between the conscious and unconscious of my patients by giving them access to the meanings their symbols suggest; thereby making it possible for them to "assimilate at least part of the unconscious an ...more
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Dec 18, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jung fans
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The original 1912 edition of this work is of central importance in pointing out the direction in which Jung's "analytical psychology" diverged from psychoanalysis. The issue was, narrowly, libido theory and, broadly, religion. Jung was primarily a discursive, connotative thinker, his mind working by association, glorying in the riches of native imagination. He was, in this sense, an artist. For him, libido was simply the energetic principle of the psyche. Freud was more the scientist, seeking ex ...more
Jung's gigantic dissertation-book is a mixture of all the positive and negative aspects of his work in general. Jung's language remains concise throughout the book and weaves (like Adriane? ;)) his way through myths, anecdotes, and a long case study.

Some negatives: I was specifically reading the book to find his interpretation of Diana the Huntress, Diana Ephesus, and/or Artemis (or Apollo, or Dionysus, or Wotan, etc... I was researching for a very broad paper). While there were many references
Aug 13, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing
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A must read for anyone seeking to know the nature of the human psyche and its relationship with the world. You should probably not tackle this one without at least some cursory introductory study in Jungian psychology.
Apr 15, 2010 Richard rated it liked it
Well, I can't really blame him. Ol' Carl, whom I'd name my children after, if I could, really hadn't gotten his feet under him yet. Plus, he is German. A combination of those two facts makes this, his first forray into archetypal psychology, and his definitive split with Freud a kind of confusing, head scratching and underwhelming read. But I'm sure it was groundbreaking for its time!
Mar 07, 2015 Larry rated it liked it
This is a weighty tome.

This entire book is devoted to the in-depth analysis of a single dream, with lots
of delving into myth and legend.

Consider reading the appendix first...
Dec 30, 2007 Jfish938 rated it liked it
Some of Jung's early ideas on how to understand the symbolism of the symptoms in a case he thought was pro-dromal (possibly heading towards schizophrenia).
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I'm reading this in conjunction with a lecture series I am attending at the Jung Center in Houston (Fall 2012).
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This is referenced in the Joseph Campbell book "An Open Life."
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Groundbreaking but terribly prolix.
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the truth about everything...behind.
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Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf jʊŋ]), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extraversion and introversion; archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy, archeology, anthropology, l ...more
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