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The Undiscovered Self/Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams

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These two essays, written late in Jung's life, reflect his responses to the shattering experience of World War II and the dawn of mass society. Among his most influential works, "The Undiscovered Self" is a plea for his generation--and those to come--to continue the individual work of self-discovery and not abandon needed psychological reflection for the easy ephemera of m ...more
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Published January 12th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published September 10th 1990)
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A lot of people are giving kudos to Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams, but the truly profound resides in The Undiscovered Self. While Jung is a brilliant psychologist, he brings forth his knowledge of the Church, the State - notably dictatorships, and the dichotomy of his time between the East and West to make for a truly mind blowing read that delves into the importance of the self and individual within the masses as well as lays out an important definition and emphasis on the unconsciou ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two great works in one. I used to keep a dream diary but prefer these days to just sleep it off and maybe make a note if something stays in the mind afterwards. One dream I've never forgotten and didn't even need to make a note of. I was in a brightly-lit field and a group of young women were singing in a circle and playing with flowers. Then suddenly a funeral procession came by - six men carrying a coffin, all dressed in black. It stopped, and the man leading it came up to me and showed me a r ...more
Andrew Donnachie
Emerge from the other side of this soul-stopper with indifference if you can. Yet another life-changing gem of transpersonal thought dynamics from the master of exposing what is beyond the self yet magnetized to and complimentary to it's essence. Jung has an uncanny knack of dropping physics in the shit and leaving physicists exposed in an embarrassing and compromising position out of which an explanation seldom will their frantic clawing gain them any purchase.
Mar 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who wants an intelligent book on dream interpretation
this beats those "dream analysis for dummies" books anyday!
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read this, but everyone should if not in your studies for yourself.
Taylor Burke
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is comprised of two 7-part essays which pierce deeply issues facing the modern man. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the subconscious or the deconstruction of authoritarianism.
Kevin Fuller
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his little book 'The Undiscovered Self', C.G. Jung describes the problem of science vs. religion. For modern man, science has become the preferred language of experience. Every thing must be measured by length, mass, charge and time to be useful, and what falls outside these categories becomes irrational and superfluous. The Church on the other hand simply asks men to have more Faith when confronted with such questions as 'why is there so much evil in the world'? Or 'why is there seemingly no ...more
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Symbols and The Interpretation of Dreams was great! It is easy to read and so fascinating about the impact of universal archetypes on our psyche. This part would be worthwhile for anyone to read, not just people interested in psychology.

However, The Undiscovered Self is something to labor through, probably only for psychology students in a course. I can’t say I wasn’t warned though considering the introduction gives readers the red flag that Jung insisted on writing in English himself, as oppos
Randall Snyder
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. You will feel something as the meaning of the words so artfully assembled tickle your soul. Had I only begun my search in earnest for knowledge like this earlier in my life I am certain I would have been empowered sooner to craft a better world for myself and those around me. You will be delighted with this one. Enjoy.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jung is a bit difficult to read so this book of excerpts seemed like a good place to start with him. The last portion on dreams was especially interesting - how the same dream could have different meanings for different people and how there are some symbols that are pretty common. Includes examples!
Luke Halpin
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read The Undiscovered Self twice before I got it but when I did it became one of those life changer books. Not giving this set 5 stars because I can't remember if I liked it or not. Maybe I'll revisit it.
jung is not for the faint of heart or those unwilling to get muddy and wrestle......alot. My inner journey and external life seem to be running in tandem, creating some pretty interesting and challenging concentric spirals.
Filip Sekkelsten
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mye gode og dype tanker. Jung hadde nok mye visdom, men jeg er sterkt uenig de dypere konklusjonene han trekker. Å lære å kjenne seg selv på godt og vondt, derimot, på et dypere plan, er en god ting han holder frem.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked the second part of this book (an added revision, I believe). The Undiscovered Self was thought-provoking but Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams was even more beautiful and inspiring. So grateful to this man.
Andrew Latham
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While I didn't always follow everything Jung was saying here (I in fact skipped large chunks whenever he talked about religion, as the points have since been done to death), I appreciated his explanation of the unconscious and how powerful it is in regard to the self we know as "me."
Dispelled previous perceptions of my dreams.
Jung is one of those authors where I feel better when I read his work. This one is no exception.
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This book is good and Jung is much more of a visionary than stinky old Freud
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Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf jʊŋ]), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extraversion and introversion; archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy, archeology, anthropology, l ...more
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