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The Undiscovered Self

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In The Undiscovered Self Jung explains the essence of his teaching for a readership unfamiliar with his ideas. He highlights the importance of individual responsibility and freedom in the context of today's mass society, and argues that individuals must organize themselves as effectively as the organized mass if they are to resist joining it. To help them achieve this he s ...more
Paperback, 79 pages
Published April 4th 2002 by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Books Ltd imprint (first published 1957)
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Tammy Marie Jacintho
I read this book and I gained a greater appreciation of my own nature. Without self-knowledge there can be no growth. The ills of society and the destructive forces that plague us are due to a lack of reflection or willingness to do personal work. To know one's self is the most important part of being human, because with self-knowledge comes compassion and integrity.

As an artist and an introvert attempting to find her place in a society that is loud and demands that "winners" vie for a turn in
Sep 15, 2015 Lotz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opened this book without any expectations, so I can’t say I was surprised by its contents; but I am indeed surprised that it is still so well-liked and widely read. The Undiscovered Self is a book mired in a Cold War mentality—fear of communism, totalitarianism, technology, world destruction—so I find it interesting how many people feel that it hasn’t lost any of its relevance. Well, perhaps they’re right; after all, we still have oppressive governments, dangerous mass-movements, and weapons c ...more
Reza Mardani
یک کتاب سخت ترجمه شده. ولی از نظر تحلیلی و حرفایی که میزنه نسبتا جالب
This book is a lot better before you read it -- the distinguished black cover with its thought-provoking image: the profile of a man's head, in white, with a smaller, multicolored profile inside, superimposed by a black labyrinth. It's all so perfectly 1958! (The year The Undiscovered Self -- a beautiful title! -- was released.) But the book itself is basically an acidulous, slightly paranoid attack on Communism, tinged with a faint apology for Jung's onetime acceptance of the Nazis.

In 1958, Sci
Rana Salah
Nov 18, 2013 Rana Salah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing how one, perplexed as it might be by our race, finds everything as plain as the back of his hand after reading this perfectly written book. It might sound like a cliché, but yes the message of this book is to make us aware of the importance of this overlooked infinitesimal dot on Earth: the individual.

I won't restate every crucial point made by Jung. Nevertheless, I would like to open up my thoughts about all the truths in this book, in brief.

For all what we have, for all the advan
Ahmad Sharabiani
Gegenwart und Zukunft=The Undiscovered Self, C.G. Jung
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Dec 20, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those seeking better self understanding
This book is as timeless as human nature. Cases are made in favor of both freedom (delving into the strains of individuality posed by communism and socialism) and the soul (delving into the strains of individuality posed by over adhearance to most of society's organized religions), all through articulations centered around self knowledge.

Jung's main concept of self knowledge has to do with the power of the unconscious and the pulls from it's dark, simplistic instincts (one's shadow). Without se
Bob Nichols
Jung's thesis in this book is that modern society turns individuals into a social mass where they are categorized by statistical averages that dehumanize people who are, inherently, unique beings who operate by "irregularity." Modern society thus turns inevitably into the state with its standardized laws and policies, and is run by rulers that are "mouthpieces of the state doctrine," and by a "Leader" who "almost infallibly becomes the victim of his own inflated ego-consciousness." This is how J ...more
Kicy Motley
Dec 09, 2011 Kicy Motley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. In a society over-saturated with media and driven by mass consumerism, it is hard to figure out who you are as an individual. Jung argues that no society can thrive if individuals to not get to know themselves. Not in the conscious "I like to read" sense but in the unconscious sense.
This is a summary of the human condition. Individuals, the dangers of capitalism and totalitarianism, and the role of personal beliefs and faith. All there.
Петър Панчев
Човешкото отвътре и отвън. Осъзнаването на индивида според Юнг:
Цялото ревю тук:

Съществува не малък процент хора, за които философията и психологията са потенциално опасни и дори вредни. Тяхната претенция за разбиране на обкръжаващия ни свят се гради на опитът им да подредят живота си така, че да понесат най-малко страдание и съответно - да наложат своята гледна точка, въпреки всички доводи, че индивидът е просто част от една група и трябва да покрие опре
John Kulm
Nov 30, 2010 John Kulm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jung's apologia of his approach, and a defense of the individual, seems dated at times as he uses the old West vs. Communists divide to illustrate his point. But the content is so important, at least important to me as I try to take hold of my own individuality, that I find this little book to be important.

Here are a few passages that I liked from the book:

“If I want to understand an individual human being, I must lay aside all scientific knowledge of the average man and discard all theories
Erik Graff
Jun 20, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jungians
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
This book, contained in Volume 10 of The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, was one of the first I read, having found this cheap paperback in a used bookstore. A critique of mass culture, it may be read in reference both to Jung's early estimations of National Socialism in Germany--estimations he later qualified heavily--and to the Cold War which was at its height during the time of composition. Written for the general public (and published in The Atlantic), this essay is a light read and will not se ...more
Jon Ungerland
Jul 30, 2007 Jon Ungerland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people doubting the war
if you take this book, and examine everything he says about the cold war, communism, and the iron curtain, then you will understand the threat we face as a western world against the current adversary of radical islam.
Aug 17, 2011 Bruno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply one of the best books I have read. This book goes beyond psychology, it embraces much more than that
Dec 28, 2014 Abubakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very small book but it is packed with so much knowledge that writing its review is a precarious task. Jung's main focus is to warn us, that the key to a prosperous and happier future understanding our individual selves. In order to resist the collective forces of society, we must understand ourselves, that is our unconscious mind or "The Undiscovered Self". It is only by gaining awareness of ourselves that we dissent, and make society a better place. We must strive not to be just anoth ...more
Mar 28, 2014 مازن rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf, carl-g-jung
The Undiscovered Self - C.G. Jung

Since the dawn of time man have always been on the hunt towards understanding and discovering himself. A topic that has occupied man’s minds or ages. In this compelling work C.G Jung approaches the topic of individuality in such a unique way. Presenting the individual’s struggle for moral and spiritual integrity against the “mass psychology’ generated by political fanaticism, scientific materialism and technological triumphalism on a global scale.

- The Plight of
Dalia Ismail
Apr 23, 2014 Dalia Ismail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-reread
I rate books mainly based on their amusement level, the enlightening power folded in the author's words, and the writing style. The Undiscovered Self endowed at least a thousand bytes of electrical information, now secured in some form in my brain, and a thousand questions to ask. Dr. Jung's sentences are, to say the least, flawless. He occasionally left me awe-inspired at his precise usage of words and the flow of ideas, which, quite frankly, unraveled slowly when I stared them down for a whi ...more
My first foray into Carl Jung! Unfortunately, I wasn't too impressed... his notion of the "individual" seems so simplistic. And while he has occasional flashes of insight, the notion of an "authentic" self that's oppressed by its surrounding society just seems like something you can't really substantiate. It makes sense, with Jung being all "I don't believe God exists, I know God exists," that he would predicate his assumptions about human nature on there being an undying soul. Consequently, unl ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
The Undiscovered Self is a fascinating, but more importantly, a compelling view of the individual, who, is constantly being overwhelmed by the collectives forces in society. To better understand ourselves, Jung states that the individual needs to better understand his own unconscious mind. Through the understanding of both our conscious and unconscious minds, we can better understand how to preserve the individual will from being consumed in extreme ideological collectivism. Jung writes with the ...more
Terry Mac
Feb 14, 2016 Terry Mac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I like to proselytize about others I rarely enjoy examining myself however Jung has a canny ability to have you do just that. His honestly is raw but the truth is pervadingly difficult and relieving. It's books like this that make you want to stay inside with it, inside Jung's mind and plumb the depths with him instead of wandering into the false, politically correct world outside.
Jan 24, 2016 Samiksha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a book primarily about the duality of our psyche. Jung convincingly surmises how rationality can never be The Supreme, because we are inherently irrational beings, and there will always be a part of self-The Unconscious, that science might never reach.
The first half of the book focuses on the two contrasting ideologies- Statehood vs Religion, how significant a difference being committed to the former or the latter can make on an individual. In this part of the book, there are points where t
Feb 24, 2016 Gottfried rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Jung says, people have lost their self (individuality). We ought to encourage people to discover this unconscious-self. He is terrified by mass ideology forced upon a society, given the fact that he wrote this during the period of Nazism, Communism.

The masses, society has forced us to lose our own identity. As I kept reading the book, I thought of celebrities, politicians who created a false image, they hide their real self but show off an abstract ideal, which doesn't exist. I think, Pornograp
Mar 13, 2016 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jung's insight into the individual will last the ages and while his references are discussing Cold War politics, his warnings on society, creed, and the State play into today's political scene eerily on point.

From the individual's and masses' logical and emotional "tipping point", to the falsity of "average", Jung warns against subscribing to camps (be it with the State or a religious practice) and against placing our beliefs in strict doctrines (both legal and religious). We must embrace the my
My first Jung, chosen basically because of its brevity. (I guess it was a magazine article, later expanded.) Written in 1958, it is saturated in Cold War-ness; it might be titled "Jung VS Communism", although, more fairly, it is more like Jung VS High Modernism, which Jung somewhat recognizes, although of course not in those terms. To some extent it is an interesting time capsule of Cold War thought--we still talk about "The West", but (perhaps dishonestly) not in opposition to Marxism, which af ...more
Valdemar Gomes
Jul 23, 2015 Valdemar Gomes rated it did not like it
What a strike: another bad book!
If I ever were to quit a book, it'd be this.
His defence that the doctor should see the patient as an individual and take more care in his job is small but good. Instead of seeing the patient as a broken leg that needs fixing, to see him as a human being that needs to be cured of his broken leg. Yet it's terribly founded on the basis of the overrepeated statistic fallacy (per example human beings have on average 1 testicle but it's very rare to find a person with o
I love Jung, wow!! The sage of the West should be his official title. His work has the potential to push Western Civilization towards the next step in its social and cultural evolution if only his works were better understood by the majority of Westerners, especially Americans.

"In view of this uncomfortable situation the question is heard again and again in the west: What can we do to counter this threat from the East? Even though the West has considerable industrial power and a sizable defense
Fack You
May 14, 2013 Fack You rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Jesus motherfucking christ this book THIS BOOK. Basically the whole point is: look within yourself, find yourself as an individual, and don't be afraid of it! Like yourself as an individual, you're probably NOT crazy like you thought. What's crazy is the system, which is PLOT TWIST- NOT REAL. I think this book has a very taoist or zen buddhist perspective, in which duality is not real, what matters is yourself, the universe is created from you thinking it into existence, etc. Read it! Don't list ...more
Jerome Baladad
I think the book's dated right before reading it but I figured I could spare time to read and understand what Jung wanted to share and say. It's seldom these days that I find books written by a medical practitioner who's also a psychiatrist (and a pioneering one, at that!). Even if I've read him only in his translated works, he remains to be a favorite right, which started after we were required to read his works in college when I was studying Psychology in undergraduate school. The book's a ver ...more
Greg Carew
An interesting book, though definitely not Jung's best. It's quite uneven in my opinion, with very insightful passages hedged in between others attacking Communism in a somewhat paranoid manner. While some reviewers have mentioned that the prophecies of this book proved false through the collapse of totalitarian regimes, it seems to me that the dangers Jung speaks of are as prevalent in a world caught up with Consumerism as they ever have been. For, while it may be different to State control, th ...more
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“Naturally, society has an indisputable right to protect itself against arrant subjectivisms, but, in so far as society is itself composed of de-individualized human beings, it is completely at the mercy of ruthless individualists. Let it band together into groups and organizations as much as it likes – it is just this banding together and the resultant extinction of the individual personality that makes it succumb so readily to a dictator. A million zeros joined together do not, unfortunately, add up to one. Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but our fatally short-sighted age thinks only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations, though one would think that the world had seen more than enough of what a well-disciplined mob can do in the hand of a single madman.” 13 likes
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