Ego and Archetype: Individuation and the Religious Function of the Psyche
Edinger has written a provocative book which is a lucid survey and synthesis of Jung's psychological concepts based on a fascinating mix of mythic tales. A penetrating attempt to show the reader the archetypal images of God that reside in his unconscious." ~Publishers Weekly
This book is about the individual's journey to psychological wholeness, known in analytical psycholo
Some of these Jungians I've been talking with (I'm not even sure if they like being called "JungIANS") get annoyed at the suggestion that the system is "mystical." ...more
In fact, Jung has much to offer in both of these regards. He was, in the old C.I.A. phrase, "experienced" as regards hallucinagens and he did have a hermeneutical talent for translating ...more
The text is illustrated not only with quotations from Jung but other scholars such as St Augustine,Elias Ashmole as well a ...more
This is a description and analysis of Jung's philosophical work. The focus is on ego and Self (i.e. man and God) and how this pair interplays in Christian, ancient Greek, alchemical and other archetypal images, stories, and symbols. The book also features a lot of analysis of patients' drea ...more
Jungian scholar Marion Woodman says that life is a series of births, and in the same light, Edinger shares that we earn our own individuation and our own autonomy.
For example, when we disagree with a commonly held point of view and posit our own, we take a step closer to our unique energy within.
Just as we were first attached to our mother's womb, now, by toleratin ...more
I guess the summary at the back of the book is a bit misleading.
Don't get me wrong, I don't feel like my time was lost while reading this - I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested in analytical psychology. Just maybe don't start your journey with ...more
It also helped me on a personal level be more accepting of my attempts of separation from ego. Right from the get go ...more
The beginning of the book is informative, well-written, ...more
I found his references to Christianity fascinating. Never had I thought of Christ as the paradigm of an individuated ego. I also enjoyed his explanation of the development of consciousness and how it follows a cycle. It mapped perfectly with my own experienc ...more