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The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,546 ratings  ·  63 reviews
This volume presents the essentials of Jung's thought in his own words. To familiarize readers with the ideas for which Jung is best known, the British psychiatrist and writer Anthony Storr has selected extracts from Jung's writings that pinpoint his many original contributions and relate the development of his thought to his biography. Dr. Storr has prefaced each extract ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 3rd 2000 by Princeton University Press (first published 1983)
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Owen Spencer
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Carl Jung's writings in this book (and in Man and His Symbols) have greatly increased and improved my understanding of psychology. This is the kind of stuff that attracted me to the field of psychology in the first place. I can't believe that I completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology without reading Jung! Better late than never. The best was saved for last, I guess. This is deep, advanced psychology that may go over the heads of many readers (including those in the field). It ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
This was assigned reading for my Jungian Psychology class. We split the large book into three sections, one for each class session. I've enjoyed this reading the most since it's actually Jung's writing, and not writing about Jung (though those materials are valuable as well). I like this collection because it includes material from throughout Jung's career and is carefully selected and highlighted by Anthony Storr. It's really a walk-through of all of Jung's concepts (archetypes, Self, shadow, e ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
This is a successful attempt at distilling a huge intellectual output into one volume.Inevitably it is challenging in places, especially the section on Alchemy,and the vocabulary used can sometimes have you reaching for the big dictionary but the insights come along frequently enough to keep you motivated.
Stephanie Ricker
I must say I’m becoming a fan of good old Carl. I’m glad I read Freud first, as it’s giving me a good background helping me to understand Jung.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Finally. 2 months later, I finish this. I am giving it three stars because it is truly a great selection of Jung's work - and that means, inevitably, that I will come across a decent amount of material that I do not vibe with. During certain parts I was soaring, and during others, it felt as though I was working my way through Tolkien's Dead Marshes. But it's done. ...more
Evan Micheals
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two of my favourite giants on whose shoulders I stand, Carl Jung is the subject of this book and Anthony Storr whose work and writing I am increasingly adoring. I found myself seeing that Jordan Peterson draws extensively and repackages the ideas of Carl Jung to a new generation.

Jung discusses Alchemy from a mythological perspective, “the early alchemists ‘sought not only to make gold, but to perfect everything in it’s own nature’” p 17. This changes my reading of the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho w
Maria Mng
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very well selected and assembled book about Jung's most important writings. ...more
Dec 26, 2020 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Came up in a discussion of how there are Cinderella tales all around the world... and is the Snow Queen actually original to Andersen (not Narnia) or is it universal among ppls whose ancestors experienced the advancing Ice Ages, is it racial memory/ collective unconscious? Consider also Joseph Campbell.

Any of you read any of this stuff? Please comment!!
I skimmed enough, mainly by looking through the index for keywords of interest and reading from there, to know that I want a lot more. But my
Timothy Hicks
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was introduced to Jung by watching many random Jordan Peterson podcasts and YouTube lectures and I’m glad I finally took the time to read some of his actual material.

This is very deep reading and goes through a wide range of topics. At one long talking about schizophrenia and dream interpretations ... the next about alchemy, communism, art and biblical commentary. It’s all kind of a whirlwind in my head, but I enjoyed the ride and feel that my knowledge on psychology has been greatly enhanced.
Devin Arriaga
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the first few pages, I knew this work would likely be my favourite for a long time. I had this book sitting in dust for a long time because of its title; "The Essential Jung: Selected Writings." For some strange reason, I just saw the word Jung and believed it to be something about Eastern meditation methods, but then I saw it later and thought how dumb that was; Jung was a psychoanalyst!

This non-fiction brings pieces and excerpts from the essential ideas of Jung together into a single book
Jul 08, 2013 added it
I have since read several books written by Jung and this is an excellent introduction. Was pleased to discover that jung has been resonating through my life for a decade, without proper credit. His ideas are very interesting - like me, he applies psychology at an individual level and at a societal level. and freud has never worked for me, I am not sure how anyone takes him seriously.

This book excerpts and breaks down many key ideas and provides footnotes and details to flesh out, clarify and ex
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm a psychology major and I like Carl Jung, but what is he talking about? I need a translator! ...more
Holly LeCraw
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Still plugging away...editing and commentary by Storr is excellent.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wet-my-whistle
Easily the best book I've read all year, and I have read some great books. ...more
Alex Petkus
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly very interesting.
If the "supernatural" stuff was left out, this would probably be 5 stars.

To a certain degree, I feel Jung was writing more about himself with the sections related to religious dogma, but with regard to common myths and alchemy, these things were not as much a part of his upbringing and these sections seemed less of a reach.

I do feel this book has increased my understanding of other people who appear to me as neurotic when they fail to adapt to particular situations [peo
Kieran McLoughlin
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a reader of psychology books,,I felt it was finally time to get into Carl Jung's works. Alongside Freud he is essentially one of the forefathers of modern psychology. What's fascinating from the off is just how applicable his writings are today, especially in his ending where he makes his predictions for the future. Overall, I found this a greatly insightful and fascinating read, reading into his perspective's into philosophy, the use for mythology in creating our current conscious, as well a ...more
Nabeel Naqvi
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"I am neither spurred on by excessive optimism nor in love with high ideals, but am merely concerned with the fate of the individual human being- that infinitesimal unit on whom a world depends, and in whom, if we read the meaning of the Christian message aright, even God seeks his goal."

There are good books, then there are great books and then there are some that leave a mark on your thinking that, in the last analysis, appears to be permanent. I place Jung's writings in this final category. C
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jung's writings are very interesting, if a wee bit rambling. Therefore, if I was to rate this book on my interest in it, I would rate it highly. However, I will admit that it eventually became so difficult to read it that I had to drop it two sections from the end - the reason being that 'essential' is really a kind word for some of the included texts.

The meat is within the first 40% of the book. This is where you will find enlightening discussion of the anima and animus, shadows, personae and s
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-organized anthology. Second attempt at reading Jung. (First attempt: weird obsession with alchemy leads my middle schooler self to a collection of Jung’s writings on alchemy) I believe Jung was on the precipice of anti-psychiatry after he split from Freud. The reduction of an individual’s psyche to childhood is a popular generalization, from therapy sessions to artwork. Western culture has an odd fixation on the primacy of childhood, but Jung’s middle-aged patients led him to alter their tr ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books about Jung and his ideas, but never a selection of Jung's writings. Reading his thoughts about personality types, religion, the unconscious, etc. in his own words was powerful. I was surprised by his humor, the biting wit, the way he could bring complex issues to light in the most succinct way. Anthony Storr's introductions to passages gave pertinent background to set the stage for better understanding. As I was reading, I was struck by Jung's passion, his insight, and his ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting, if overlong and repetitive collection of Jung's thought. Worth a read if you've ever realised how much you know about Freud but precious little about Jung.

I now know that Roy Porter had read Jung, as his explanation of UFOs, as the latest in the series of ways to express neuroses. Less interesting is the religiosity and Jung's views on LGBT issues, neither of which have aged well.
Lisong Yang
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jung's ideas on human mind was original, broad and profoundly insightful. Storr's selection of Jung's work was comprehensive and helpful for those who would like to catch essence of this giant's thoughts and gain wisdom of humanity. ...more
Arthur Gailes
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastically well-laid-out. Jung is an extremely difficult read, and Storr is the first collecter I've seen who could make his original writing parsable without dumbed-down paraphrasing for laypeople like myself. ...more
Michael D
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant compendium with highly insightful commentary by Storr, this is indeed, essential.
Di Bryan
Great as an introduction to Jung’s work as it briefly covers the main points and adds some details about his life.
Very interesting, but too dense.
Jacob Angkasa
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
actually only read half, so hard to read :D
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
my man jung obliterating mf freud
Daniel Florencio
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canon
I am forever indebted to Jung for helping me discover who I am today, whoever that may be.
Moss 慈映夢図
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jung, when delving into his findings, often does so in contrast to those of his former mentor Freud. Fortunately for us, this results in Jung doing a far better job of succinctly detailing Freud's work as well as his own, and doing so more efficiently than Freud ever managed himself - His writing is sometimes borderline impenetrable.

Unlike Freud, Jung could take something as vast and nebulous as psychology and make it somewhat more digestible to the average reader, and the result is a clearer a
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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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