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The Tao of Jung: The Way of Integrity

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This startling new interpretation of Jung's life and psychology is based on the insight that he was essentially a Taoist. Drawing on Jung's own letters, aphorisms, and other writings, David Rosen examines six crises in Jung's personal development, from childhood revelations and youthful rebellions to his break with Freud and his later work with the I Ching. Rosen discovers ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Gail Katz
Aug 15, 2011 Gail Katz rated it liked it
Have you noticed how a biography about someone is often more about the writer's journey than about the subject? This is one of those books. It is short and looks only at one aspect: the Tao.

I personally found the book to be disjointedjbut the photographs of Jung's home in Switzerland were very interesting . The autho is an MD and a college lecturer. Often the book "read" like a series of lectures rather than a cohesive book. The extremely well documented/footnoted endnotes would serve as a lead
Wednesday Green
Jun 14, 2010 Wednesday Green rated it liked it
Actually this is the second time I've read this book. Did a hard skim this time, some interesting concepts, but not as much respect for the author (or subject) as I had initially reading it. Could use less historically aspects and speculation. Stick to the philosophy, Rosen.
Feb 28, 2013 Maureen rated it liked it
Very tenuous thesis - a bit too obvious.

It's an oddly interesting book - not so much for the thesis as for the way he presents some of Jung's ideas. I liked it because I could follow it easily - but i have a feeling that it wasn't a real book.

A bit odd.

Jan 09, 2015 Amylyn rated it it was amazing
Yes. Just yes. This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. A great starting book for anyone interested in symbolism and mythology as well.
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resonates deeply with my current reflections on integrity
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“Jung states: Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: “Formation; Transformation, Eternal Mind’s eternal recreation.” 64 And that is the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.65” 1 likes
“Do not force things.... Can you afford to be careless? So then, flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free; stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. How else can you carry out your task? It is best to leave everything to work naturally, though this is not easy.21” 1 likes
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