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Man and His Symbols

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Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 15th 1968 by Dell (first published 1964)
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I have a strange love / hate relationship with Jung. There are so many things about him that I find utterly fascinating and then others that I think are just crazy. I would rather think one thing or the other, but since he was obsessed with dualities, perhaps he would be happy with my conflicting and opposite feelings towards him.

There are things about his ideas that I find incredibly appealing. A personal story might help make that clear. I started reading this book a while ago now – before I s
Owen Spencer
My university professors never introduced me to Carl Jung. I understand why, I guess, but it's a shame that I didn't read Jung's work until now. Jungian psychology is amazing. It addresses the unconscious and the "self"/"psyche" in a unique and enlightening way. And, unlike most other psychologists, Jung did not shy away from unexplained phenomena and the so-called "paranormal". His theory provides insights into "unexplained" phenomena and is the only major psychological theory that includes the ...more
اگر تعبیر خواب و رویای فروید را خوانده اید، از "انسان و سمبول هایش" لذت مشابهی خواهید برد. با این همه کتاب سوم در این زمینه "زبان از یاد رفته" از اریش فروم است که به اندازه ی هر دوی اینها جالب و خواندنی ست. این هر سه کتاب روند نگاه به رویا را در طی سه دهه نشان می دهند، از فروید که عناصر رویا را در ارثیه ی روحی و روانی و جنسی شخص از روزگار رشدش می داند، تا یونگ که ریشه های رویا را در گذشته ی اساطیری و آیینی انسان می بیند و بالاخره اریش فروم که به مخلوطی از این دو اشاره می کند، و جهان رویا را از گ ...more
Nandakishore Varma
This is one of the three books which influenced my literary and mythical outlook (The Hero With a Thousand Faces and The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales being the other two). All my life, I have been fascinated by symbols and their near-universality: the weird way they recur in dreams and the way they keep on popping up in mythologies. I have also been fascinated by journeys in literature, myth and movies.

Jung tied it all together for me, in this collection of essa
کتاب، آمیخته با فلسفه و عرفان و نماد شناسی و تحلیل رؤیای بیماران، هیجان انگیز و مرموزه. یونگ این کتاب رو در سال های آخر عمرش نوشته. یعنی دوره ای که شدیداً به مسائل شبه-علم علاقه مند شده بود: از عرفان های پیشامسیحی گرفته، تا جادو و کیمیاگری و طالع بینی و پیشگویی.

توی همین کتاب، میشه به وضوح دید که چندین جا، مرز بین روانشناسی و جادو عبور میکنه. مثلاً صفحه ای داره با شور و شوق راجع به ادراکات شهودی و غیر قابل توجیه با منطق ناخودآگاه صحبت میکنه (تا اینجا روانشناسیه)، ولی صفحه ی بعد، ناگهان وارد مبحث
Condensed 60 years of Jungian insight on Man and his so-called "collective unconscious" as a part of everyday life and symbols through Jung's knowledge, professional and personal experience. It also shows what modern man and pure materialist thought has lost ignoring an unquestionable part of us and pushing it inside a drawer.

Nevertheless, there are many whom I think handle symbolism in much better ways than Jung and his apprentices - having a more global perspective and being somehow closer to
Miss Ravi
یکی از کتابهایییه که هرگز از دوباره خوندنش خسته نمیشم. کتابی که همیشه چیزهایی داره برای دونستن و فهمیدن و درک کردن. بهخصوص دربارهی درون، خویشتن و ذهن.
یکی از جذابترین فصلهای این کتاب که توسط ماری لوییز فون فرانتس نوشته شده به فرایند درونیای میپردازه که اولین بار توسط کارل گوستاو یونگ مطرح شده. فرایند فردیت یه پروسهی درونییه اما «من» شخص میتونه برای تکامل «خود» ناخودآگاهش سعی کنه این فرایند رو کامل پشت سر بذاره و به یه انسان روانشناختی و آگاه از خویشتن تبدیل شه.

علاوه بر این توضیحاتی که یونگ دربار
John Kulm
I love this book, although the used "Dell" edition I bought is falling apart. I'll have to buy another copy. The book has much to say about dreams and art. I'm adding some quotes from the book to the review I posted a few days ago.

If you think about the following quote while viewing paintings, you might find insights about artists who often, unconsciously, express their conscious attitude to the right of the canvas and their unconscious attitude on the left: “Among other things ‘right’ often me
Bob Nichols
This is a collection of essays on Jungian thought. The initial essay was written by Jung, who also approved the other essays (as true to his thinking) shortly before his death in 1961.

The Jungian approach integrates the unconscious and the conscious so that individuals can be whole, which generally involves tapping into our psychic center that is distinct from our conscious ego. Civilization's focus on the ego and denial or ignorance of the unconscious results in all sorts of psychological healt
Lyla Rose

I am still reading this one. I'm a slow reader when it comes to non-fiction but this book is absolutely RIVETING. I had no idea that psychology could feel so... supernatural.

** ** ***

My copy is a very old, tiny and densely printed copy I got for free from a psychology library in San Francisco that was moving to a new location and clearing out the stacks. I taped together the spine where it was started to fall apart. I'm still only about 100 pages in but it is UNBELIEVABLY fascinating and I can't
Víctor Sampayo
En este libro, el último que escribiera Carl Gustav Jung, ayudado de su más cercano círculo de colaboradores, su psicología está presentada de una manera perfectamente comprensible para cualquier lector. El papel de los símbolos en el inconsciente humano está explicado mediante varios ejemplos de sueños que acuden con harta frecuencia a visiones arquetípicas, de tal forma que constituyen sus emociones y su panorama ético y mental; es decir, lo mismo pueden fomentar la capacidad creadora que la d ...more
Kevin Fuller
A symbol, Jung explains, is a word, picture, photograph, statue, etc. that always signifies something much larger than what we immediately know, and therefore points to the unconscious.

In this book, Jung first introduces us (the lay public) to the unconscious and it's machinations that can be found in personal ticks, social characteristics, dreams and fantasies. The unconscious can manifest personally in the complex, those group of personal characteristics we acquire through private experience,
Na†acha Pavlov
This was my first book on Jung and it had me hooked. The introduction states that this book was written with the simple, typical reader in mind—which makes this particular volume easy to read. I’m definitely keen on wanting to read more of Jung’s work now, however I’ve heard that his writing can be very difficult to process due to advanced language and/or abstract concepts. I can only hope that it won’t be anything too strenuous once I get there!
Given that I’ve been interested in the study of dr
Данная книга это попытка Юнга и его коллег остановить человека в его бегстве от мира малопонятного, загадочного, а также чарующего к миру рационального, логичного, правильного и материального.

В книге приведено множество аргументов для того чтобы переубедит людей в том, что тенденции последних столетий как будто заставили человечество замкнутся в малом, и довольствоваться ограниченными возможностями. И в большинстве только гениям, художникам, писателям, дизайнерам и поистине творческим людям изве
Jung's theories of psychology have always fascinated me. The idea of archetypes and the collective unconscious make perfect sense to me, though I imagine that anyone who has been devouring stories longer than she's been devouring solid food will find it natural to have them applied to the human mind. Living stories is part of what makes the urge to write and read and tell stories so powerful.

It doesn't hurt that there was a psychoanalytical section in my literary criticism class and that Jung w
The first chapter, written by C.G. Jung himself is wonderful. The other chapters quickly become repetitive and redundant, with too many examples and too little clarification, completely confusing you by the end of the first half of the book. The ending is however quite interesting.
I give this 3/5 stars, cause it's really just an introductory book into the world of Jung's psychoanalysis, so I guess it accomplishes this pretty well, but I had my hopes higher when I decided to read it.
I should also
Steven Fogel
Jung wrote it near the end of his life to describe his work to laypeople. One of Jung's major contributions to our understanding of our consciousness is the importance of dreams. In Man and His Symbols, he writes about what he learned about his own dreams and what he learned about dreams in other cultures. As part of his research, he studied societies that were still untouched by Western civilization, and he discovered that certain dreams and stories are common to all of the societies.
Thinly disguised Christian rubbish. Shockingly irrational at times; of course, Jung can get away with any unfounded cognitive leaps because in the text he emphasizes spontaneity over reason. Does such a sentiment unconsciously hide his own difficulties in creating a well-structured, coherent argument? Or am I being too Freudian?
Niloofar Heydari
انسان و سمبل هايش ترجمه ي دكترمحمود سلطانيه انتشارات خوارزمي

آخرين سال زندگي دكتر يونگ به طور كامل صرف نوشتن اين كتاب ميشه . در ابتداي كار او اين شرط رو براي
. نگارش كتاب تعيين كرده بود كه حاصل بايد نتيجه ي يك كار گروهي باشه و چهار تن از افراد مورد اعتماد خودش رو براي اين كار تعبيه ميكنه . و پيش نويس فصل هاي مربوط به همكارانش رو نيز در اختيارشون قرار ميده اما خب قسمت عمده ي اين كتاب بعد از مرگ استاد نوشته ميشه .
فصل اول كه عنوانش هست كندو كاو در ناخداگاه نتيجه ي تلاش خوده دكتره وطولاني ترين و پرب
Stanislav Sokolenko
While I can appreciate some of the discussion on the importance of the unconscious and its evolutionary ramifications, this book was of little redeeming value. My biggest problem was its heavy use of anecdotal 'evidence.' Throughout the book, the authors were able to draw convenient examples to illustrate their points from a variety of sources, but never considered the myriad of other interpretations that are possible. At the end of the book, I was no more convinced of the majority of their poin ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Fretty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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I read this because I was doing a thesis about the relation between Dreams and Architecture. In my thesis I talked more on the psychology being of an architect and the reason of an architect design such a shape and space. It is needed for me to know the space within the soul of an architect. And this book helped me to see that.

For me, Jung taught me to see another different view of a person from this book. Why man acts the way a man act, and how a man could symbolizes their hidden spirit into s
Philippe Malzieu
Sigmund or Gustav? Gustav of course. If I had to do analysis, I choose jung psychanalysis. Sigmund brought back all to sexuality, Gustav spoke to him about the desire in all his forms. At the end of his life, he widened his work by studying mythologies and the religions. He highlights the relations between religions and culture. Why do the Europeans converted with the boudhism have a Christic vision of Bouddha? I find that his work of end-of-life approaches those of Mircéa Eliade.
It is a book ri
The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the fact that it had so many interesting images with equally interesting blurbs explaining how they fit in with the various articles and theories that were being written about. The images were beautiful and they enhanced my enjoyment of the book a great deal. As far as the articles go, some were better than others but all were worth reading except for maybe the last section which was an analysis of a certain individual that I really did not care a ...more
David Fleming

This ranks as one of the most interesting nonfiction books I've read. Jung's theories and capabilities to generalize across cultures and through time are nothing short of astounding.

Much of this information is so dense that it gave me the feeling of learning something and being influenced without being able to list out general principles.

The illustrations throughout help to strengthen the variety of arguements which are developed and the through-line of counterpoint with Fre
Mitra Cline
Life changing!
Ebrahim Houshyar
کتابی بسیار مفید در زمینهی خوابها، نمادها و مضامین پشتسر خواب، نقش خواب در ایجاد تعادل بین خودآگاه و ناخودآگاه و از همه مهمتر برای من، نقش ناخودآگاه در هنر مدرن، از هنرمندان سوررئال تا نقاشان انتزاعی بود.
اما نکتهای که بسیار مرا شگفتزده کرد، حذف بیدلیل بسیاری از تصاویر کتابِ اصلی در نسخهی ترجمه شده توسط دکتر سلطانیه است، البته به نظر میرسد این کار توسط ناشر صورت پذیرفته باشد، به دلیل کم کردن حجم کتاب و قیمت تمام شده و یا هر دلیل واهی دیگر! از آنجایی که این کتاب برای عامهی مردم نوشته شده [البته کس
Adam Ummar
Illuminating. The introvert/extrovert dichotomy finds its birthplace in Jung's episteme. This book is all about symbolism, simulacra. One of the archetypes that particularly interested me is the mandala/four corners of the world motif. (Four horsemen of the apocalypse etc.) It's very interesting and I have always wanted to read about Jung's thoughts ever since I first encountered him in a Haruki Murakami book, which one I can't dare say I remember. Jungs methodology of dream analysis and oracle- ...more
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Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychologist and one of the founders of analytic psychology. "Man and His Symbols" is Jung's legacy where he presents his life-work in psychology and his key messages to the general public. The book was completed the same month when Jung died in 1961 at the age of 85 years.

To my understanding Jung seems to be disappointed to the modern, civilized man who has turned a blind eye to religion, to unconsciousness and to psychic powers. Jung argues that when sc
Ova knjiga zaslužuje najivšu ocenu zbog jasnoće i preglednosti celokupne Jungove misli, ne toliko zbog izloženih rešenja u pogledu njegovih složenih koncepata. Imajući u vidu široko polje iz kojih se crpi njihov materijal: antropološka izučavanja, snovi, umetnost te konačno psihološki fenomeni, svakako nećemo pogrešiti da ne odustanemo od Jungove problematike a da pritom zadržimo stroga načela intelektualne opreznosti ili kako se to kaze u rečima M.L.fon Franz iz zaključnog poglavlja:

"Zbog toga,
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Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf jʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), 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, ...more
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