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Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

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In this definitive introduction to the work of Carl Jung, Dr. Robertson explains how Jung reintroduced Westerners to the world of archetypes- the imagery of the collective unconscious, mythology , and the symbols in nature. * the structure and dynamics of the psyche * the meaning of dreams * the shadow* the anima/animus* they mysterious figure of the self
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Nicolas-Hays (first published March 1992)
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great book for those of us who learned about Jung in introductory psychology classes, but want a more in-depth look.
Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology, as the title suggests, gives a nice outline of the main concepts of Jungian theory. The book begins with an introduction to Jung: as a student of Freud and the rift that grew between student and teacher over Jung’s theories. Then, the book introduces the concepts of the unconscious and how Jung’s view differed from Freud as well as the importance of dreams and particularly dream symbols. Finally, the text takes a look at the shadow and the Anima/Animus and ...more
Would give this 3.5 stars. How do you rate a "beginner's guide"? If you are a beginner (hence reading the guide) you have little to no knowledge, thus can't really compare to anything. That being said, this was informative without bogging the reader down, which is the aim of any such guide, and it piqued my interest to delve further.
The subject matter of the book was interesting but I did not like the author. I can't tell you how many times I read about how "we will discuss this topic in more detail in later chapters." That is one of my pet peeves. Why talk about it now if you can't actually talk about it???

Also hated that the author decided that he didn't like some of the terms Jung used so good old Robin Robertson decided to just stop using them and created his own. You know, ones that were more appropriate. What audacit
Lisa Orki
Jun 22, 2014 Lisa Orki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Myriam - EESP
Un ouvrage facile à lire expliquant les grands thèmes de la psychologie jungienne : mythes, archétypes, rêves, types psychologies et processus d'individuation.

Page 205 : "mana" ... à approfondir
To someone first approaching Jung he can often times be too poetic to be clear in his points and much too clinical for the lay reader. This book by Robin Robertson is an amazing synopsis of Jungian Psychology, that is readable and entertaining to read. At first I thought I was going to be put off by such a non-technical look at Jungian psychology, but Robertson has a real gift of clarity when it comes to explaining some of Jung's more difficult nuances. It is a delight and such a quick read that ...more
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Somedays I want to quickly look up Jung's basic ideas without sifting through his heavier writings, and that's when I go to this book. I am fascinated by how his theories play out in spirituality and literature but it's nice to take a step back with this particular book and simplify.
Robin Robertson fulfills the basic promise of presenting Jung's major psychological terms, but I felt more as though the book was about the author's personal thoughts on psychology and social behavior in general. The only way to know is to read more Jung himself.
Kristin Stoner
Of course it IS for beginners, but for someone who knows a minimal amount about psychology.... fascinating. If you ever want to analyze your dreams... REALLY analyze them, this is the book to open.
Sandra D
A great introductory book.
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Robin Robertson has spent a life-time bridging the worlds of psychology, science, business and the arts. He's a clinical psychologist and writer who has published seventeen books and more than two hundred articles in either psychology or his hobby field of magic.

He's lectured widely and has taught graduate level courses on Jungian psychology for both the California Institute of Integral Studies, a
More about Robin Robertson...
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