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192 pages, Paperback
First published March 1, 1994
As an introverted thinking-intuitive type he had an extraverted feeling-sensation shadow.
"Jung held it to be the business of the psychologist to investigate the collective unconscious and the functional units of which it is composed - the archetypes [...] Archetypes are 'identical psychic structures common to all' [...] which together constitute 'the archaic heritage of humanity.'"These archetypes might be thought of as patterns of behavior common for all people. They exhibit a "fundamental duality": they are both psychic structures and neurological structures. The author emphasizes that many other disciplines have produced similar concepts: for example, Levi-Strauss's infrastructures in anthropology or Chomsky's deep structures in linguistics. Jacques Monod, the famous molecular biologist, stated a very similar conclusion:
"Everything comes from experience, yet not from actual experience, reiterated by each individual with each generation, but instead from experience accumulated by the entire ancestry of the species in the course of its evolution."I find the chapter on archetypes by far the most interesting. It is also very well written - to the extent that such an ignoramus in the field as this reviewer seems to have understood it. I am very curious now how the concept of archetypes relates to the most recent knowledge in the field of genetics.
"For Jung, ageing was not a process of inexorable decline but a time for the progressive refinement of what is essential."Yay! I have just realized how refined I must be! In the chapter on Jung's methods of therapy the author clearly states that "the school of analysis that is carried in Jung's name is his chief legacy to our culture." We read how Jung's analytical method of therapy was based on an interaction of two equals, two real persons, the therapist and the patient. The author praises the "open-minded humanity of [Jung's] approach," and emphasizes that he remained "undogmatic to the end."