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The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature (Jung's Collected Works #15)

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Nine essays, written between 1922 and 1941, on Paracelsus, Freud, Picasso, the sinologist Richard Wilhelm, Joyce's Ulysses, artistic creativity generally, and the source of artistic creativity in archetypal structures.

Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1971 by Princeton University Press (first published 1941)
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Rashad Raoufi
the book is very dense in its language, its basically a series of essays by jung about art and creativity. its at times very hard to understand, i had to read it certain paragraphs again to get a better grasp of what he is trying to say. i particurlarly likes his analysis of frued its probably the best part of the book. its very objective and well written, puts his arguments against freudism very succintly which has been confirmed by other experts later than 1930s when he wrote it, so he was a h ...more
May 22, 2012 Guy rated it it was amazing
There is some fascinating and brilliant insights into the relationship between psychology and the EXAMINATION of what a work of art may or may not mean. He comments that a work of art is in and of itself, as unexplainable and as mysterious as Life itself.

One of the funniest things I've read in a long time is his examination of James Joyce's Ulysses. I think it was after a nap — he fell asleep while struggling through the book — he found great relief with the realization that the book could be re
Jan 19, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Full of interesting observations and insights. The essay on Psychology and Literature is essential background for those wanting to apply psychoanalysis to writing: the risks and benefits. For stimulating views of Joyce and Picasso I guess Jung was of his time, but I find his categorisation of Picasso as a schizoid personality (from his paintings) strikes a chord: "produces pictures which immediately reveal their alienation from feeling.... they communicate no immediate harmonious feeling-tone bu ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Mar 03, 2009 Richard rated it liked it
Its a random assortment of stuff - kind of a "spare parts" modge podge anthology - but its mostly very interesting and very good - lower rating than most, because alot of it was rather obscure to me, but that with which I'd had previous experience was very interesting. I love how really cutting edge and ahead of his time (by about 50 years) Jung was.
Jun 12, 2015 Razan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
تعرفت في هذا الكتاب على "باراسيلسوس" لأول مرة وأُعجبت به كـ"روحاني" ولكن لم انسجم معه كطبيب..
كتاب لطيف، والطف مافيه فصل العلاقة بين علم النفس التحليلي والشعر
Jun 11, 2013 Simon rated it it was amazing
I found the discussion on the psychology of artists particularly fascinating, including several extremely valuable insights into my own nature and condition.
Jan 27, 2009 Li-ming rated it really liked it
Particularly liked his riff on Ulysses and Mr Joyce, though I've not read it and am no more likely to after reading this!
Erik Graff
Dec 20, 2013 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jung fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
This is rather a miscellany of texts on various subjects by C.G. Jung, none of them difficult to understand.
Jun 28, 2011 David rated it liked it
Excellent collections of nine essays on philosophy and literature.
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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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“The book [Joyce's "Ulysses"] can just as well be read backwards, for it has no back and no front, no top and no bottom. Everything could easily have happened before, or might have happened afterwards. You can read any of the conversations just as pleasurably backwards, for you don't miss the point of the gags. Every sentence is a gag, but taken together they make no point. You can also stop in the middle of a sentence--the first half still makes sense enough to live by itself, or at least seems to. The whole work has the character of a worm cut in half, that can grow a new head or a new tail as required.” 10 likes
“It [Joyce's "Ulysses"] plays on the reader's sympathies to his own undoing unless sleep kindly intervenes and puts a stop to this drain of energy. Arrived at page 135, after making several heroic efforts to get at the book, to "do it justice", as the phrase goes, I fell at last into profound slumber.” 1 likes
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