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The Myth of Meaning in the Work of C.G. Jung

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Aniela Jeffé explores the subjective world of inner experience. In so doing, she follows the path of the pioneering Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung, whose collaborator and friend she was through the final decades of his life. Frau Jaffé shows that any search of meaning ultimately leads to the inner "mythical" realm and must be understood as a limited subjective attempt to ans
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Daimon (first published August 24th 1970)
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Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Do people need meaning? According to Aniela Jaffe’, almost 1/3 of Jung’s cases were related to patients with problems related to a lack of meaning in their lives (p. 12). Jung contended that religion protects against “meaninglessness” (p. 13) according to Jaffe’. In The Myth of Meaning in the Work of C. G. Jung, we read citations where Jung excoriated the circular reasoning of those who deny the reality of the numinous (p. 39). Jung insisted that religion comes from what he defined as the “uncon ...more
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great concise treatment of various aspects of Jung's thinking from one of his students who also became his co-(auto)biographer. It condenses a variety of Jung's ideas; which is useful since it is harder to glean the same from Jung's own voluminous works. It leads up to Jung's ideas about the meaning of life, which not surprisingly is treated as a mythical project. This treatment serves as a good antidote to much of the nonsense that has been published about one's "personal myth."
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
THis is a beautiful and well put, but most importantly approachable formalization of Jung's beliefs regarding meaning, soul, and Man's innate nature. Its approachable and a good read, but not particularly inspiring, because Miss Jaffe does not put any of herself into the writing. It is a very sincere and true to point approach to Jung's world view.
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Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good assimilation of Jung's thoughts on meaning from one of his three Valkyries, Aniela Jaffe. She has a very good overview of a wonderful topic. Her hints are very helpful in this paradoxical curative field.
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Confession, I forced myself to read this book. I have a distaste for Jung I have never gotten past. Having listened to Jordan Peterson and followed his work, his vision of Jung inspired me to try to return to Jung. Reading this work did nothing for me. A lot of this text revolves around meaning as a realization of self. This, for me, is nonsense. Knowledge of oneself, that I get. I find it quite a leap to talk of this as "meaningful" and "fulfilling" - in itself. This whole text is like a narcis ...more
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This book was a fantastic look at what we think meaning is, and how it is actually formed and held. Jung's work in psychology always impresses me, and this book is written by a student of his who clearly understands what he was doing. If you're interested in what "meaning" means, you should definitely read this book.
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One of the most distinguished interpreters of the Jung's ideas. She was born in Berlin and studied psychology at the University of Hamburg. At the break of World War II she emigrated to Zurich where she began to work with Jung. They worked together on the book Memories, Dreams, Thoughts.In addition to her various important papers on psychology, she wrote widely on parapsychology, particularly on c ...more
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