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Psychological Types

(Jung's Collected Works #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,123 ratings  ·  48 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
Shelves: psychology
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
Dec 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multiple-reads
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 evolution
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.
Scriptor Ignotus
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
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, whom 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 conversati ...more
Adriana Scarpin
Algo estranho ocorreu. Minha edição deste livro caiu da prateleira hoje e como esta é razoavelmente pesada e velhinha, acabou-se por partir ao meio. O estranho não foi isso e sim o fato que durante a queda o livro partiu igualmente ao meio o poster de Kill Bill Volume 2 que ficava alí do lado. O que dizia o livro entre as páginas partidas?
"O homem sempre esquece, e volta sempre a esquecer, que o que foi bom uma vez nem sempre pode continuar a sê-lo por toda eternidade. Percorre ainda os antigos
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
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
Algirdas Brukštus
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Matyt Jungo ir mano asmenybiniai tipai taip skiriasi, kad to, kaip jis juos aprašo, man suvokt nelemta (bandžiau jau ne vieną kartą). Visai patiko istorinė tipologizavimo bandymų apžvalga, ypatingai dalis skirta Šilerio pažiūroms.
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
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 ...more
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
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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
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 standards
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.
Mindaugas Žilinskas
Sudėtinga, bet labai įtaigi ir išsami psichologinė analizė. "Valia yra psichologinis fenomenas, kuris už savo egzistavimą tuti būti dėkingas kultūrai ir doroviniam auklėjimui, bet kurio primityviam mentalitetui labai trūksta."
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.
Alessio Sandalo
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro di studio molto complesso, articolato, analitico. Per apprezzarlo appieno è importante avere nozioni di filosofia e storia. L'ultima parte, laddove la descrizione dei tipi diventa la trattazione principale, e un glossario aiuta a sintetizzare i concetti, vi è maggiore chiarezza.
Wajih Hammouda
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.
Nassia Tanri Asik
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the very few serious books I appreciate to read again and over . It's breakthroughs towards psychology and consciousness development are striking.
I enjoyed it to the utmost.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Safiya by: L.B
De manière globale, Jung suit une méthode comparatiste synthétique des différents épisodes historiques marquantes, littéraires, religieuses, qui mettent en relief, particulièrement les deux grands types psychologiques : Introversion et Extraversion (selon Jung, un type psychologique est une attitude habituelle dans laquelle domine continuellement l'un des mécanismes précités). Plusieurs comparaisons ont servi à l'auteur de mettre une base pour définir précisément les traits de chaque type : Tert ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
This is not the easiest read. It's very dense so I'll have to re-read this again to fully digest it.

This is my second reading, btw.
Micah Dameron
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, insightful, and very likely epoch-making.

As a philosopher, I'm always looking for adequate ways to integrate old views and resolve ancient conflicts. The greatest of these may be the everlasting duel between the schools of Plato and Aristotle.

Here you have a philosophically unbiased account of empirical evidence for suggesting that this dichotomy of disagreement is perpetuated, not by truth or error per se, but by channels in the unconscious mind (especially the channels of introve
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.
Jake Maguire
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Carl Jung is an intellect of the highest order. In this book he takes you through the subtle history of psychology from Plato to the 1900's. Fascinating reading, although it can be a bit verbose. If you want to get acquainted with personality theory, this covers a wide spectrum of the subject and is certainly worth picking up.
Alex Giurgea
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una din contributiile esentiale ale lui Jung este tipologia psihologica. O lucrare ampla care cuprinde atat descrierea tipurilor caracteriale teoretice cat si aplicatii practice in diferite domenii unde pot fi intalnite aceste tipuri de personalitate. De asemenea volumul contine si un capitol larg de definire directa de catre autor a principalelor concepte Jungiene
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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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  • The Psychogenesis of Mental Disease
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  • Symbols of Transformation (Collected Works 5)
  • Two Essays on Analytical Psychology (Collected Works 7)
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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.” 21 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.” 11 likes
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