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Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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'I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings. It is these that make up the singularity of my life, and with these my autobiography deals' - Carl Gustav Jung.
Paperback, Reissue Edition, 448 pages
Published March 6th 2005 by Fontana Press (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Mary K's Review - "As and introduction to Jung, this is my favorite book. I have read it twice, and my father has read it so many times he can almost recite it. If you want to learn about Jung, start here!"
Arash Aghevli
Jul 25, 2007 Arash Aghevli rated it really liked it
I really love when respected scientists get to finally say the things that they realize they may not have the time to prove, but have an instinctual belief in. This book is an example of that and a fine one. Really gives you an idea of what a special person Carl Jung is and how his many contributions are a true asset for society. The book details how his theories differ from those of his contemporary Sigmund Freud (for whom Jung was friends until professional disagreements got in the way).
Nov 16, 2014 Viktoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On revisiting this book after having read it a good 25-30 years ago, my eyes are once again opened to the utterly remarkable genius of Carl G. Jung. He wrote this book in his later years, offering candid insight into the world that inspired his groundbreaking theories. Jung's was a life of vision, and of risk-taking in his field -- he put the psychology into psychiatry. On breaking with Freud (who was technically a neurologist and remained faithful to a postivistic stance), Jung took a giant lea ...more
Daniel Pearson
Mar 12, 2014 Daniel Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All seekers of deep insight into the potent mystical realms of the mind
Recommended to Daniel by: goodreads author
Shelves: self-help
This is not the first time or the last time that I have read this important book, I first read it 47 years ago and I still find it valuable. I am a lifelong student of Carl Jung and the field of (Analytical Psychology) I respect and admire this great psychiatrist/psychologist. He was a genuine mystic as well as a scientist. Over the years I have read almost all of his important scientific papers and books. I would highly recommend Memories Dreams and Reflections to anyone who is interested in ga ...more
Jan 03, 2015 All-1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: satan
In my view Jung's own writing reveals a somehow derailed personality. If his Memories reflect his being, then he seems to suffer from a serious lack of empathy and self-reflection.

A few examples from his Memories!

At early childhood, 3-4 years old, he has a remarkable dream which seems to have a strong and lasting effect. It is a close encounter with a one-eyed creature on a high throne underneath the ground of the earth - Jung's mother say it's the Man Eater. The dream as expressed by Jung bears
Sep 05, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for answers
I was drawn to this book, because of a synchronistic experience I had with my daughter last year. It seemed so natural, but unexplainable that I was instantly interested to find more out about this phenomena... I can only describe what happened as some sort of intuitive unconscious communication between my us. I just knew exactly what she was going to do and when.

Other than the oft-used example where Jung's patient describes a scarab from their dream and simultaneously a scarab-beetle flies into
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
Dec 27, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
So, apparently, I’ve had this book on my wishlist since 23rd of March, but didn’t buy a copy until mid May (April may be the cruellest month, but May is definitely most open to strange occurrences) & finally got round to reading this at the start of this month. Why did I leave it so long, I don’t know.

& I don't think there has been a book I've read this year that has been so consistently annotated throughout than this one. To be honest, I should have read this before reading Jung’s Sele
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
Marko Cindrić
Mar 26, 2013 Marko Cindrić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biografija, 2013
Jungova knjiga ''Sjećanja, snovi, razmišljanja'' definitivno je jedna od najdubljih knjiga koje sam pročitao. Sam naslov navodi da je riječ o putovanju u najintimnije misli velikog psihoanalitičara.
Za ideju o objavljivanju (auto)biografskih zapisa C.G.Junga, zaslužna je Aniela Jaffé, koja je zajedno u suradnji sa Jungom zagrebala ispod površine njegova života do krajnjih granica njegovih uvjerenja.

Teško mi je prosuditi o kvaliteteti pročitanog štiva, ponajprije zbog toga što sm vrlo naivan u po
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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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