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An Introduction to Jung's Psychology

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Most people have heard of C.G. Jung, often linking him vaguely with Sigmund Freud. Tho the terms 'complex', 'introvert' & 'extrovert' are now used in common speech, few realize they were coined by him. Frieda Fordam's compact, readable study opens with an outline of Jung's psychology & includes chapters on his theories about psychological types, archetypes of the c ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 27th 1970 by Pelican/Penguin Books (Baltimore, MD) (first published 1953)
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: psychoanalysis
An extremely disappointing book to start the year with!
Frieda Fordham was a training Jungian analyst (when such a thing existed), and she published this book in the 50's during the same period that Jacques Lacan was a rising star in France, Erich Fromm and Karen Horney were bringing Freudian revisionism from Germany to America, whilst the Anna Freud vs Melanie Klein fight was brewing in London.

Unfortunately, whilst Horney, Fromm, Anna Freud, Klein and Lacan tried to reformulate and tinker Freud
Erik Graff
Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jung beginners
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
I read this introduction to analytical psychology early during my fascination with the topic. Frieda, along with her husband Michael, are known for their concentration on educational/developmental matters.
Emre Seymenoğlu
Jung'u okumadan önce giriş niteliğinde onun bakış açısını ve kuramına genel bir bakış olarak katkı sağlayacak, okuması kolay bir kitap.
Ştefan Bolea
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Naive and insignificant.
Tugba Kilickaya
Watch "dangerous method" after reading the book, well organised book on the works and perspective of Jung, easy to follow
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frieda Fordham's introductory text to the theories and life of Carl Jung strikes a nice balance between being short and accessible without compromising on the depth of explanation that the work of Jung deserves. She provides detailed yet concise descriptions of Jung's ideas related to psychological types, archetypes, the individual and collective unconscious, the role of religion in personal and societal life, the nature of dreams, and the process of psychotherapy. Furthermore, she also provides ...more
Andrei Savu
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great introduction into Jung's ideas if you have no background on the topic. Made me very curious to read more of his work.
„Marile evenimente ale lumii noastre, așa cum sunt ele plănuite și executate de om, nu reprezintă spiritul creștinismului, ci mai degrabă pe acela al unui curat păgânism. Aceste lucruri își au originea într-o condiție psihică rămasă arhaică și care nici pe departe nu a fost atinsă de creștinism. Biserica admite, nu chiar fără temei, faptul că semel credidisse(o dată am crezut) lasă o anumită urmă; dar nimic din aceste urme nu este de văzut în mersul evenimentelor. Civilizația creștină s-a dovedi ...more
Brandon Kemp
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A concise, accessible introduction to Jung's thought. Having read some of his work years ago and being deeply impressed by it, I found this book useful for reviewing and distilling Jung's unique outlook. Some portions of the book (for instance, its passing allusions to feminism and "primitive" peoples) are notably dated, and I found myself wondering a bit to what extent Jung's psychology is extricable from certain ideas that haven't aged well. But on the whole it seems likely that one can reconc ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jung can be a tough read. For anyone wanting to test the waters and get an overview of Jung's thoughts and ideas, I would start with Fordham's book. Her analysis of Jung is excellent, not solely because she cuts right to the gist of Jung's concepts, so there is plenty to be gleaned about Jungian concepts from such a compact, single work. From here, one might enjoy Jung's 'Modern Man in Search of a Soul,' or 'Memories, Dreams, and Reflections' before going for something like 'Man and His Symbols, ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Frieda Fordham's introduction to Jung is a perfect concise basis on which to understand the psychology and associated philosophy of Carl Gustav Jung.

With a good overview of Jung's work hard to come across, I thoroughly recommend this as a prerequisite to anyone intending to read more into the subject.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
A concise summary of much of Jung's work. Highly recommendable for beginners as well as for those who are slightly more familiar with Jung's thought and want to solidate their understanding before going any deeper.
Lisa Orki
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: psychology
Recommended to Lisa by: EESP
Une belle introduction à C.G. Jun qui regroupe toutes ses découvertes. Ecrit en language vulgarisé, c'est un superbe point d'entrée pour ensuite sélectionner les sujets qui nous intéressent dans cet océan qu'est Jung.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Does what it says on the tin.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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Sometimes Jung's writing can be more convoluted than it needs to be to explain his concepts. I like reading distillations of his theory by other people.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
This slight volume did a good job of explaining the terms that Jung uses throughout his work as well as his major themes. Now I can get started on the writings of the man himself.
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Frieda Fordham was a psychiatric social worker and author.
“Эволюция человеческого сознания далека от завершения: ведь до сих пор значительные участки разума погружены во тьму. И то, что мы называем психикой, ни в коей мере не идентично сознанию.
Миф о богочеловеке создал вовсе не некий реально живший Иисус. Миф был создан за века до его рождения. Его самого захватил этот образ; эта идея и вырвала его из обыденной плотницкой рутины в Назарете, свидетельствует Святой Марк.”
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