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Psychological Types

(Jung's Collected Works #6)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,701 ratings  ·  69 reviews

One of the most important of Jung's longer works, and probably the most famous of his books, Psychological Types appeared in German in 1921 after a "fallow period" of eight years during which Jung had published little. He called it "the fruit of nearly twenty years' work in the domain of practical psychology," and in his autobiography he wrote: "This work sprang originally

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Published October 1st 1976 by Princeton University Press (first published 1921)
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Erik Graff
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: persons interested in psychology or Jung
Recommended to Erik by: C. G. Jung's books
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Although leaving a rich cultural legacy, C.G. Jung has had very little influence on modern psychology. A modern college textbook will typically confine discussion of him to a paragraph or two, mentioning him in reference to Freud and psychoanalysis, perhaps referring to his word-association work, perhaps summarizing his theory of a collective unconscious in a sentence. The one book Jung published which stands out as an exception is his Psychological Types. Upon it rests the popular Myer-Briggs t ...more
Scriptor Ignotus
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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My first exposure to Carl Jung occurred about five years ago, when I wanted to learn about the psychology behind the popular Myers-Briggs personality test (my type is INTJ). I learned that the MBTI was based on the psychology of one Carl Jung, who I had never heard of, and thus began a fascinating odyssey into the life and works of the man who was able to penetrate my personality in a way that no other thinker had done. I read his memoirs in Memories, Dreams, Reflections, the seminal conversatio ...more
Dec 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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In the top five of the most important books for any serious student of humanity to read.

The erudition of Jung in making his argument is breathtaking, and demanding of multiple reads before the breadth and depth of his argument can be fully appreciated. This book influenced the history of my reading life more than any other. It inspired me to research many of the people and ideas he wrote about here. With Types I came to the realization that the real history of man is the history of the evolutio
This book has influenced my life more than any other book besides the scriptures. It is not a book I would read over and over again like I would the scriptures, or the book Approaching Zion by Hugh Nibley, yet, the book has been a vital, seminal work for my own work on temperament types. Jung's Psychological types and the book Please Understand me II have have been the platform for my research and obsession with the dichotomies in human nature.
John Kulm
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Such an important book for me to understand... I hope I understand it after the next couple times I read it through. It showed me why I'm the way I am and why people who I know are as they are - not that I should pidgeonhole people, but it's just that... now I see why some intuitives (like me) have trouble listening; I see why a certain thinking type I know refuses to look inside herself; I see...

Some quotes from Psychological Types:

On why an irrational intuitive's creative efforts can have tro
Anubhav Awasthy
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If the universe was code, Jung wrote Human.

This is the densest book I've read till date. And it brings out the genius of the man who was Jung, while it expands your mind...if you're oriented towards really understanding human psyche.

I'd been fascinated by Myers Briggs Personality Spectrum, but could see that there were many rough edges and generalisations there, things that come with simplifying something nuanced and complex. And so, I'd been planning to go right to the source. To Jung. The man
Christina McDonald
Not sure I should even be marking this as done, as I mostly just scanned it! lol This is a veeerrry densely packed book that reads somewhat like a college textbook. I suspect it's one that would need multiple readings to really interpret Jung's full meaning. However, it gives a good, in-depth look at Jung's interpretation of the dichotomies in human nature and the human psyche.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Let me begin by saying that if you don't know anything about Jungian, or analytical, psychology, you will be absolutely lost reading this tome. However, with a basic understanding of the cognitive functions, this book becomes readable. Long -- but readable.

I was mostly interested in the qualities and traits of each of the specific functions, and found it annoying that I had to read till the very end for a description of the types. I was disinterested in the type problem in poetry, the type probl
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in psychology
Shelves: psychology
One of the most important books by psychologist Carl Jung. The basis for the theory of psychological types. The basis for Meyers Briggs and a number of other, in my opinion, less accurate, but more popular, theories of types. The foundation for the notions of extraversion and introversion, which are mainstream notions today. The book is a bit hard to read, though easier than some of Jung's works, and the core of the type theory section is really only about 75 pages in the middle of the book and ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Limited by the Kantian worldview, Jung supposes psychology to be the defining science in the study of the human person, and thus precludes the possibility of there being something higher than the psyche in the nature of man. Nevertheless, Jung himself acknowledges that psychology pertains purely to the psyche, and proceeds accordingly, analyzing the problem of opposing types & functions first from the perspective of past poets & philosophers (recontextualizing them psychologically), and then fro ...more
Raymond Singh
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5; -1/2 star for the particularly needless tangents in the "literature review" section, which was also the bulk of the book. But otherwise...beautiful, often staggeringly perceptive, and very important to me. Glad I finally got around to reading it directly.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jung is just ridiculous. There is no causality and conditionality. Before the chapter X. General description of the types, there are no examples of his own observations, it simply discusses the opinions and conclusions of the others, and he even proud of himself, that the opinion of the others matches with his own. And where did he got his own opinions, if not from the examples of these authors? Who have been existed before him? ohh.. come on... I understand that he draws conclusions from the ty ...more
Eric Hansen
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Psychological Types explains Jung's theory of temperaments, the two rational and two irrational functions of consciousness. But with the release of The Red Book, this volume--Jung's first after his personal crisis and nightly descent into the unconscious--appears to be so much more than a conceptual precursor to Myers Briggs. Chapter 5, The Type Problem in Poetry, is the book's real heart, not the later General Description of the Types, which everyone jumps to. In Ch. 5, Jung hints at his e ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Admittedly a very important book - probably Jung's most important work, and by far his most accepted "legacy" in the wider field of Psychology. Also highly influential in the way people approach the world. I would have given it 5 stars, if it were not for its intense LAG the first 260ish pages. In an attempt to review introversion/extraversion in various related and nonrelated fields, he wanders and meanders, and the reader is like to get lost in his ruminations. I was able to engross myself in ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book on the understanding of what makes up individual personality. It was great to see how Jung was able to take what he learned from The Red Book and make that unconscious content conscious in this book. We get to see early talks of the Collective Unconscious and Archetypes. This is a great book for anyone interested in personality and its influence on the Myers-Briggs Typology Test and research.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jung is a genius. If you are interested in MBTI, this book will explain more of how this system came to be. Jung is where it all began and his writing is even more fascinating than learning about the types as Myers and Briggs explain them. It just blows my mind how Jung came to realize the types. Deeply perceptive. I’ve never read a book that makes me consider my own and other personalities around me more than this.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
The most lasting of Jung's popular theories. What the Myers/Briggs typology test is based on.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When reading about psychoanalysis especially reading Jung, these detailed arguments never give me a break but keep reminding me how giant the reading pool I am facing haha, I'm still a new comer for this psycho fandom anyway. I think I'll get used to that. But honestly, Jung's writing is highly charming, what he never fail to astonish his readers is how richly and resplendently his writings employ materials from literature, history, anthropology and all the other subjects as long as they are rel ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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I give up on this book for now.

It is too chaotic for me.
I thought that Jung was a psychologist with a lot of practical experience who would write from his deep observations, but instead this seems more like the wild conjectures of someone who read a lot and sees connections everywhere.

Probably that is a sign of great genius, but he makes such leaps, and refers to many things I've never heard of!

I can no longer follow the lines of reasoning, and don't really enjoy this book any more. Especially n
Gregory Walter
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Psychological Types may be my favorite book of Carl Jung’s I have read, as with all of Jung’s psychological inquiries, here he shows his uncanny ability to extensively and comprehensively research topics he was interested in. This in-depth investigation into the problem of the psychological types and how the types manifest themselves in individuals, poetry, literature, biographies, art, etc. is of great use today in our highly polarized Western society. It seems the Western political sphere has ...more
Jun Wang
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

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according to Gustav Jung Carl's psychological types:
introvert thinking(similar with deduction or deconstruction) is to deduce/extract from existing principles to some individual result… and lawyers, manufacturing managers and quality managers are introvert thinking work.. for a manufacturing manager conducts his work in accordance with the existing manufacturing standard
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Astute readers may think that seven eighths of this wondrous book not worth the effort, with the misapprehension that only one psychological type, one’s own, is worth bothering about; and it is too bad for those who only skim the surface and miss discovering the deep connection each type has with one another. Throughout various chapters, Jung asserts that the attitudes and functions that he describes are never wholly the one-and-only type a person will ever be, plus it is difficult to tell if so ...more
Chris Harris
I read a comment in a psychology paper recently that said, "Jung isn't relevant to modern psychology any more, but artists still like reading him." That might be harsh, but his approach - more mystical than scientific - always ruffled feathers in professional circles. Psychological Types is a case in point; it's a seat-of-the-pants work which Jung freely admits, more than once, is more than a little arbitrary. There might be little to argue with in the basic distinction of extaravert and introve ...more
Anthony D’Apolito III
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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An interesting book that shows some of C.G Jungs most extensive works in his lifetime.

I found the parts about the introvert and extrovert to be pretty fascinating. Even though I am not set in stone with believing any one thing about the human psychology of the male/female because the mind is malleable and adaptability to change itself, a lot of this research is pretty near accurate about the introverted and extroverted type.

What a breakthrough in discovering these things. It's such a breakthroug
Mehrdad Mahrooghi
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The fact that Jung came up with such an accurate yet simple functions as a framework to understanding the diversity of people amazes me everyday.
Although after a century, this book is not the most optimized way of learning typology (and might not even add much to what you already know), the fact that it was the masterwork that started everything and being able to familiarize yourself to Jung's state of mind gives it the value to be read.
Paula Laskowska
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very impressed with the ideas, and maybe even more the incredible talent for observation. Jung created an entire system out of nothing and it’s as impressive as Mendeleev arranging the periodic table.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who can read this book without being deeply affected by it, has no heart, no soul, and no brain.
Jung has definitely established himself as one of the most influential psychoanalysts and the way he explores the human mind is second to none.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume looks at the different psychological types. From the Middle-Ages to the modern.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dense, but an invaluable read. With Jung there is also a wealth of historical context and information. To read psych interpretations of famous writers is fascinating, from Nietzsche to Goethe.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Fascinatingly rich history of symbols and psychological archetypes.

Worth re-reading every few years.
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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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Jung's Collected Works (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • Experimental Researches (Collected Works, Vol 2)
  • The Psychogenesis of Mental Disease
  • Freud and Psychoanalysis (Collected Works, Vol 4)
  • Symbols of Transformation (Collected Works 5)
  • Two Essays on Analytical Psychology (Collected Works 7)
  • The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche (Collected Works, Vol 8)
  • The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works 9i)
  • Aion (Collected Works 9ii)
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“INTUITION (L. intueri, ‘to look at or into’). I regard intuition as a basic psychological function (q.v.). It is the function that mediates perceptions in an unconscious way. Everything, whether outer or inner objects or their relationships, can be the focus of this perception. The peculiarity of intuition is that it is neither sense perception, nor feeling, nor intellectual inference, although it may also appear in these forms. In intuition a content presents itself whole and complete, without our being able to explain or discover how this content came into existence. Intuition is a kind of instinctive apprehension, no matter of what contents. Like sensation (q.v.), it is an irrational (q.v.) function of perception. As with sensation, its contents have the character of being “given,” in contrast to the “derived” or “produced” character of thinking and feeling (qq.v.) contents. Intuitive knowledge possesses an intrinsic certainty and conviction, which enabled Spinoza (and Bergson) to uphold the scientia intuitiva as the highest form of knowledge. Intuition shares this quality with sensation (q.v.), whose certainty rests on its physical foundation. The certainty of intuition rests equally on a definite state of psychic “alertness” of whose origin the subject is unconscious.” 25 likes
“The alchemist saw the union of opposites under the symbol of the tree, and it is therefore not surprising that the unconscious of present-day man, who no longer feels at home in his world and can base his existence neither on the past that is no more nor on the future that is yet to be, should hark back to the symbol of the cosmic tree rooted in this world and growing up to heaven - the tree that is also man. In the history of symbols this tree is described as the way of life itself, a growing into that which eternally is and does not change; which springs from the union of opposites and, by its eternal presence, also makes that union possible. It seems as if it were only through an experience of symbolic reality that man, vainly seeking his own “existence” and making a philosophy out of it, can find his way back to a world in which he is no longer a stranger.” 15 likes
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