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In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to w ...more
Paperback, Vintage Books Edition, 430 pages
Published April 1989 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1961)
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luke Nope, page 1 should start off with "MY LIFE is a story of the self-realization of the unconscious."…moreNope, page 1 should start off with "MY LIFE is a story of the self-realization of the unconscious."(less)
Dominik I think it's a possibility. I started with "Man and his Symbols" and found it a perfect intro, although that's not just by Jung himself. It's very vis…moreI think it's a possibility. I started with "Man and his Symbols" and found it a perfect intro, although that's not just by Jung himself. It's very visual and is a good display of how Jungians use "amplification" to clarify their line of thinking.(less)

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Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, psychology
“The meaning of my existence is that life has addressed a question to me. Or, conversely, I myself am a question which is addressed to the world, and I must communicate my answer, for otherwise I am dependent upon the world’s answer.” – Carl Jung; Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

I know very little about psychology but it’s a subject I’m very interested in. A friend recommended Jung to me when I began writing down my dreams some months ago and started noticing some patterns.

I think this is a great
Dec 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks Reason is king
Shelves: favoriteclassics
I delved into this book, a Christmas present from a friend, to learn more about Jung's psychological concepts, namely the collective unconcious; the anima and animas; the shadow; mandalas; the Self. About twenty pages in, though, I amended my purpose. I sought not facts but an answer to this question: Should I, Jon Medders, let myself be more like C.G. Jung?

See, Jung's narrative demonstrates a way to live one's life that I have often suspected might work well for me: minimize one's tendencies
Ahmad Sharabiani
Erinnerungen, Träume, Gedanken = Memories, Dreams, Reflections, C.G. Jung

Memories, Dreams, Reflections is a partially autobiographical book by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and an associate, Aniela Jaffé. First published in German in 1962, an English translation appeared in 1963.

'A book of mine is always a matter of fate. There is something unpredictable about the process of writing, and I cannot prescribe for myself any predetermined course. Thus this "autobiography" is now taking a direction qu
Maxwell Purrington
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Why Memories, Dreams and Reflections is meaningful for me.

I shall begin by telling you of an event that occurred to me at college but which had its genesis four years earlier and the subsequent consequences of which remain to be completely known.

One evening when I was 14 years old I went to bed much as I always had done. Sometime later after falling to sleep I awoke. To my astonishment at the foot of my bed and somewhat elevated into the air were two personages. An elderly man with the wrinkles
"Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible. The loneliness began with the experiences of my early dreams, and reached its climax at the time I was working on the unconscious ... But loneliness is not necessarily inimical to companionship, for no one is more sensitive to companionship than the lonely man, and companionship thrives onl
This book is not an autobiography in the normal sense. We are given little information about family details. We are told in one sentence, "I have a wife and five children." That's about it for family details. At the end of the book are four appendixes, two of which are letters written to his wife when he was traveling in the US and then later in Africa. These letters are in fact special; they showed me the ordinary man, not the man espousing his theories. They were delightfully creative and well ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lucid and precise book, that is also easy to read. These points touched me the most:

That Jung gives his internal experiences a much higher value than his external experiences. I wonder how long it took him to do that.

That he could continue treating people without fear, even after his life was threatened so many times by crazy patients. I used to think this was a modern disease, but hell no!

The difficulties Jung faced with Freud, and the courage he required to break away from him, yet not crit
Ann M
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is an amazing book, from a truly amazing man. Some of the concepts that we toss around that came from Jung:

* The concept of introversion vs. extroversion
* The concept of the complex
* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was inspired by Jung's psychological types theory.
* Socionics, similar to MBTI, is also based on Jung's psychological types.
* Archetype concept, as an element of the archaic common substratum of the mind, or Collective Unconscious mind.
* Synchronicity idea, as an alterna
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, das-buch
I love Jung. I love him so much I bought the t-shirt. Seriously, for my birthday I got a t-shirt with Jung's big white face on it, and I wear it all the time. He looks pretty serious. I want people to know that Jung is watching them, so behave.

Sometimes I wonder, Am I a Jungian? Not really. But I could be. Everytime I read Jung I feel a greater part of myself converted. I do have a compulsive interest in dreams. Murakami's short stories do strike a chord with me. As skeptical as I am about every
T.D. Whittle
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, cg-jung
I love this memoir because it is so deeply personal. I don't fully accept Jung's world view but I've always admired him and appreciated his brilliant mind. These stories of his life and work are so rich and interesting. Unfortunately for him, Jung was often dismissed as a mere mystic by his peers which is professional death for a serious scientist ... And yet, I think it would be hard to come away from this memoir without thinking of him as a mystic and visionary. But I think no less of him for ...more
As I am discovering more of Carl Jung, my respect for this intellectual giant keeps growing. Anthony Stevens’ compact introduction to Jung’s work was an excellent curtain raiser. This book, Jung’s (quasi-)autobiography, was an ideal follow-up.

According to scientific standards it almost goes without saying that someone who writes about life after death and about UFOs should be dismissed as a crackpot. But that judgment vanishes when one learns about the disciplined and rational way in which Jung
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Are you in for a challenge?
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Mystics, Gnostics, alchemists, Buddhists, Taoists, philosophers and many others were preoccupied with understanding the mind better. Jung studied all of them by himself, read anything that he could put his hands on about myths, ancient religions, behavior of the primitives. He also studied and interpreted his own dreams, taking into account symbols discovered in all the books he read,
Martha Love
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one book that is written by Carl Jung, this is the book to read. It is the most understandable book he has written and one I enjoy reading over and over!

Jung wrote this book as more of a case study than as an autobiography, giving you a first hand understanding of his inner process. We do not usually get this kind of information from our great ones in psychology, rather we only get to read of their theories once formed and perhaps studies with their clients. But we rarely are p
Nick Craske
Down the rabbit hole I went, upwards into the ethereal realm of the unconscious, looking sideways at the mirrored self, reflecting on the emerging patterns of reflections, dreams, memories, backwards turning forwards. Is it synchronicity or confirmation bias… I enjoyed the spirit and energy of this but as open minded as I am, as soon as Jung began insisting on the validity of clairvoyance he lost me as a reader and I closed the book.
James Curcio
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you read anything by Jung, read this book. This deals with his psychological theories in a much more personal way than his other work, and, as it is written in the twilight of his life, he has no fear of academic or personal reprisal. His analysis of Freud is particularly revealing- both damning and humanizing. It also gives a very powerful insight into the way that myths can be opened up for personal growth & analysis. Of course, if you want to get the most out of this book, it may help to h ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: brain, biography
I really, really, really, really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. I developed a strong crush on Dr. Jung due to his extreme sensitivity, reflection, and openmindedness displayed naturally from a very young age. We often fall for those who've been through the same fundamental inner experiences; I related so hard to his battle with religious doubt as a pre-teen and teenager. I highlighted so much of the section of this book in which he explains his thoughts about God, as I'd had the sa ...more
Ana-Maria Petre
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Memories, Dreams, Reflections" is probably not the best book to start reading Jung with if you want to understand him. But it is pretty darn good to start really liking the guy. I like him so much that the scientist in me is uncomfortable thinking about it. But I've had my bone to pick with science for a long while now, and besides that the poet and the witch-girl that also dwell in me have now awakened and are screaming with joy. Leave me alone, strange people in lab coats. Your world is too s ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jung fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Jung's autobiography was not really written by Jung. As the cover says, it was "recorded and edited by Aniela Jaffe" between 1957 and his death in 1961. She therefore deserves much credit for producing a readable narrative which is quite entertaining, though not to be completely trusted.

I reread the book and indexed it when taking a course on Jung with the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago during the first semester of 1982/83. Ironically, although the copy of the first e
Mack Hayden
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, psych
If this book shows us anything, it’s that Jung straddled the line between madman and mystic for his entire life. His life is peppered with paranormal occurrences, his mind responsible for some of the most beautiful theories of the human experience that could never be verified by much beyond intuition, and his dreams and visions place him in that uncomfortable category of people—is he a prophet or a schizophrenic? It can meander a bit, but it’s still a great time from start to finish.
Luminița Gabura
The book is excellent as an intro to Jung's life and works. This is the first book by Jung, I've read, but it provided a decent overview upon multiple aspects of Jung's life, starting with childhood, his personal beliefs and worries, up to the his works late in his life. The book contains also a short presentation of Jung's family, providing some background on the environment he grew up in and how was he living, but also some personal letter between Jung his wife, friends, colleagues. Definitely ...more
John Kulm
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
I could probably learn something new each time I read this book, although, I might need a few years before I pick it up again. The book became tedious for me toward the end. I think his protege and successor Marie-Louise von Franz distills and presents Jung's ideas with more clarity. But maybe that’s just me.

This is a different sort of autobiography because its focus is more internal than external. In the prologue to Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote, "In the end the only events in my l
Andy McKenzie
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
I went through love/hate cycles with the words, sentences, paragraphs, and themes in this book. There is much that is profound and that I found potentially useful, but there is also much that seems dangerously delusional.


1) Jung is an expert on the unconscious and that knowledge is on full display. The chapter "Confrontation with the Unconscious" is great on this. In particular, the sections near p 187 discuss how one should strive to differentiate oneself from one's unconscious conten
Farhan Khalid
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Myth is more individual and expresses life more precisely than does science

These are nothing but islands of memory afloat in a sea of vagueness

I was deeply troubled by my mother's being away

I always felt mistrustful when the world "love" was spoken

I have trusted men friends and been disappointed

I have mistrusted women friends and was not disappointed

The prayer gave me a sense of comfort in face of the vague uncertainties

When I was with them I became different from the way I was at home

It occurre
Tirtha Raj Joshi
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 actually!

Well I would like to remember Jung like this:

Jung pursued all his life for Truth or the Reality and observed and analysed his dreams for this. Dreams are the manifestation of the desires and cravings buried deep inside the unconscious, at least they come to be true through and in the dreams. If reality is what you want it to be, then what it is that's happening without you?

Jung hallucinated a lot all his life but the good thing is he knew it! There is a wall in between me and Jung
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.G. Jung is one of my all time favorite thinkers. What I love so much about this book was his more human moments where he showed himself to struggle with the same mundane elements of life that the rest of do. I used to have a false impression that an extremely talented individual would be equally impressive in all the other aspects of their life besides their chosen specialty. The first human moment that Jung discusses is his frustration with learning Math as a child. The way he viewed math he ...more
Derek Davis
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I can't give this book an overall rating because I so dislike Jung as he presents himself here (or it may be the way the material was assembled by his editor). Also, I've read none of his salient scientific/psychological/philosophical work – nor am I likely to after this.

He strikes me as an arrogant blowhard much of the time, even considering he was in his mid-80s when he allowed this personal material, for the first time, to be put in autobiographical form. I've heard that Jung had quite a sen
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Blumenfeld by: greenturtleisland
What a fantastic, refreshing read!

Jung makes a great point addressing the loss of myths in the modern society, giving insights on neuroses and psychosis, and above everything––the importance of exploring unconscious. Of course, he goes further telling what has led him to this colossal journey, meeting and parting his ways with Freud, etc. We get to know the most intimate of Jung’s core––his dreams.

I'd recommend this book to anyone. One could find out not only a tone about Jung and his life but
The world into which we are born is brutal and cruel, and at the same time of divine beauty. Which element we think outweighs the other, whether meaninglessness or meaning, is a matter of temperament.
Guillermo Galvan
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I see Jung as a Buddha or Christ figure. Not that he’s a god, but that he provided us with a beautiful revelation about our meaning and spirituality. Along with Freud, his work formed the foundation of modern psychology. Yet, he has always been considered a radical, in his time and ours, for acknowledging the soul and its relation with the unconscious.

This book is unlike all his others because of his openness. It's more than just his autobiography; it is his great revelation before he died. The
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In my case it must have been primarily a passionate urge toward understanding which brought about my birth. For that is the strongest element in my nature. This insatiable drive toward understanding has, as it were, created a consciousness in order to know what is and what happens, and in order to piece together mythic conceptions from the slender hints of the unknowable.

Jung has proved an even more spiritual author than I have previously imagined. In truth, I know of no other author who has ble
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