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Jung's Map of the Soul: An Introduction

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  323 ratings  ·  18 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
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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
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Martha Love
"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
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
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Lisa
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.
Arjun Ravichandran
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
Lazarus
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,
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Bo
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.
Hanabrighton
Better than Freud for sure. That is all.
Scott
Accessible, enjoyable and well-thought-out book. Has given me much to think about, and that's the best kind of book.
Ellen Harrington-kane
Insightful. Not an easy read and requires processing and digestion, but a necessary read for me.
Helmali
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
culley
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!
Margaret
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
Not particularly interesting if you are not a psych major.
Andy
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.
Sandy
Oct 31, 2012 Sandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
a difficult read. Needed to stop an think often, but very interesting and throught provoking.
Barbara
Interesting ideas that will need a reread to sink in.
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Jungian psychoanalyst, author, lecturer

Murray Stein, Ph.D.is 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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