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Jung's Map of the Soul: An Introduction

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  552 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
More than a mere overview, the book offers readers a strong grounding in the basic principles of Jung's analytical psychology in addition to illuminating insights.

Probably the best one-volume English language summary of Jung's thought. . . Stein develops the cartographical metaphor of the title by beginning with the "surface" (ego) of the psyche and exploring successively
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 30th 1998 by Open Court (first published March 1st 1998)
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Riku Sayuj
`Ultimately,' wrote Jung, `every individual life is at the same time the eternal life of the species.'

This is a readable (almost) introduction to the whole of Jung’s cosmology. Partly defensive in its arguments, the book proves useful when it sticks to just presenting Jung’s thoughts and not trying to show how it is still in sync with latest research (esp when it tries to link psychology to modern physics!). Jung and Freud are best read as imaginative writers and it would probably be even more f
Martha Love
Feb 14, 2014 Martha Love rated it it was amazing
"Jung's Map of the Soul" is an excellent book summarizing the theories of Carl Jung. It was suggested as reading in the first year of the graduate Masters program I completed in Depth Psychology, but it was not the most introductory book on the syllabus and most of us read it after first reading a few other more simplified works by other authors on Jung. It is now, my favorite book of its type and I think truly prepares one to have the theoretical background to read and understand Jung's Collect ...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Jun 23, 2015 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it liked it
I have now come to terms with the fact that I will never understand Jung completely. His writing is like a sprawl, going in many directions, and Murry Stein in a way affirms the fact that Jung, equally interested in spirituality and mysticism, has left myriad small lamps in the dark alley of the human soul, ever attracting young and curious minds to investigate further. To make sense of his writing is a job in itself.

This is a good primer to start with. Basic theories are explained well, and if
Aug 21, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Stein does an excellent job of summarizing Jung's views and research on the human soul and related topics. The book will give you much insight into Jung's contributions to psychology, and insight into how Jung's theories and writings have impacted the world as we know it.
Mar 05, 2015 Dionysus rated it really liked it
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This is a great secondary source on Jung, which does a good job of mapping out his often dissonant thoughts and theories. I've read a fair amount of Jung's writings by now, so I was already somewhat familiar with most of the concepts the book discusses. Nevertheless, it was helpful to see these different concepts pulled together into a readable and comprehensive introduction, as Stein has accomplished here.

Of particular interest to me were the analyses of Jung's conception of ego-consciousness,
Arjun Ravichandran
Apr 07, 2013 Arjun Ravichandran rated it really liked it
Friendly and sincere introduction to Jung's thought. The title is not a one-off ; the author actually proceeds into Jung's universe as if it was a map. I.e. he starts with the surface layer of the psyche (the ego) and proceeds all the way downwards to the notion of synchronicity, which apparently marks the psychic unity of subject/object. You can tell that the author is defensive over the reputation of Jung being considered something of a 'mystic' (as opposed to more 'scientific' psychiatrists w ...more
c T
Sep 01, 2014 c T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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1. Không chỉ vì là một Freudian mà mình cực kỳ ghét cái cách mà tác giả đề cập đến Freud, dù là vô tình hay cố ý cũng đã làm cho những người chưa từng đọc Freud hiểu nhầm những cống hiến nền tảng của ông cho phân tâm học. Xin nói thêm là mình cũng rất thích các lý thuyết và phẩm chất của Jung, đặc biệt là tính khiêm tốn, yêu nghề và yêu bệnh nhân.

2. Về nội dung cuốn sách cũng không có gì là mới mẻ và dể hiểu hơn so với mục đích của cuốn sách là giải thích lý thuyết của Jung cho người đọc, thậm c
Jun 14, 2016 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragi Jung, tako slojevit, tako alhemičan, mističan i naučan. Za nekoga ko ga nije čitao najverovatnije i težak za razumevanje. Sa nekim njegovim idejama vrlo se slažem. Odabrala sam neke citate kao crtice za lični užitak i podsetnik kada prodje neko vreme od čitanja ove knjige:
Veoma ženstvene žene imaju mušku dušu, a veoma muževan muškarac ima žensku dušu.
U intimnoj vezi, psiha ne ulazi u mešavinu već samo ego oba partnera.
Ponekad sanjamo snove drugih ljudi. Ponekad drugi ljudi sanjaju našu rea
Mar 30, 2010 Bo rated it it was amazing
Fantastic outline of the hidden dimensions of the unconscious and how they interact with the Ego in ways most people never think about. The mind is a powerful thing, it's important to understand it.
Sep 17, 2016 Nikola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Suma sumarum, ipak je Frojd tata.
Ellen Harrington-kane
Jun 13, 2014 Ellen Harrington-kane rated it really liked it
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Insightful. Not an easy read and requires processing and digestion, but a necessary read for me.
Nov 09, 2009 Hanabrighton rated it it was amazing
Better than Freud for sure. That is all.
Craig Werner
Jun 11, 2017 Craig Werner rated it really liked it
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I don't know of a better introduction to Jung's thought as a whole, which as anyone who's ever tried to enter it through any of Jung's works other than Memories, Dream, Reflections can be pretty opaque). Stein introduces key concepts like Ego, Persona, Shadow, Anima/us, Archetype, Self, Individuation, and Synchronicity. He sticks close to Jung's most accessible texts, mostly essays boiling down the complexity of the full-length books. And throughout he does a good job of grounding the ideas in J ...more
Dec 14, 2013 Helmali rated it really liked it
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A good book. Gives great insight knowledge of the ego, consciousness, the unconscious and so on. When I was reading it, I tried applying the theories to myself and evaluating where I stand as Jung interprets it. This book aroused a desire in me to research more on the subject of the soul and its workings. I found some of the contexts bit confusing, to thoroughly understand the concepts, if one has an interest that is, one would have to read it twice, that is if this is the first time your touchi ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Winnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuốn sách viết về trường phái Phân tâm học của Jung gồm các định nghĩa và giải thích rất chi tiết. Tuy nhiên, vì trường phái này còn mang nhiều nét bí ẩn chưa giải thích được và từ vựng chủ yếu là bên chuyên ngành tâm lý nên khá là khó đọc và nhớ được nội dung. Nhưng xét cho cùng thì nội dung khá là đầy đủ những ý quan trọng chủ chốt. Những ai muốn tìm hiểu về trường phái này nên đọc và cần đọc nhiều lần để hiểu hết được ý nghĩa mà sách muốn truyền đạt.
Cosmic Arcata
I really enjoyed listening to the book. It was very dense and I am rereading it. It wasn't so deep that I felt I could grasp the concepts. I found myself being more curious about how I think, dream and learn.
Jan 02, 2010 Margaret rated it it was ok
Interesting over. Stein's take on Jung's theories. I'm learning just enough about Jung to know that it's hard to say definitively what "Jung's theories" really are, so approach any book that claims to "know" with caution. This one falls someone in the middle of that stectrum.
Kate Wester
My counseling teacher, a jungian, says this is one of the clearest and most concise books about Jung's approach he has read. So maybe 3.5 stars. I just save my 4 and 5 star ratings for things that moved me. As an INFJ, emphasis on the "F" this is more for "T's".
Dec 24, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not particularly interesting if you are not a psych major.
Jan 05, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Interesting ideas that will need a reread to sink in.
Apr 30, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A fantastic, easy-to-read overview of Jung's theories, which also attempts (with success) to unite all of his myriad thoughts under one umbrella.
Mar 13, 2015 culley rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, jungian
Taking a quick peak behind the curtain to see what the wizard is up to... This succinct summary was perfect for what it was and left me hungry for more. Rich!
May 30, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Accessible, enjoyable and well-thought-out book. Has given me much to think about, and that's the best kind of book.
Sep 17, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a clear understanding of Jung's major theses.
Fourth time through this amazing work.Just finished it again. The only chapter I dislike is the last one on synchronicity.
Lisa Fogel
Aug 11, 2012 Lisa Fogel rated it it was amazing
a difficult read. Needed to stop an think often, but very interesting and throught provoking.
Heiki Eesmaa
Mar 12, 2016 Heiki Eesmaa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel revolted by the tone of adulation in the book; go read Jung's primary texts instead.
Feb 24, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
A good overview of Jungian psychology, although I found parts of it boring.
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Jungian psychoanalyst, author, lecturer

Murray Stein, a training analyst at the International School for Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland. His most recent publications include The Principle of Individuation, Jung’s Map of the Soul, and The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis (Editor of the Jungian sections, with Ross Skelton as General Editor). He lectures in
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