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Modern Man in Search of a Soul

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A provocative and enlightening look at spiritual unease and its contribution to the void in modern civilization

Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the
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Published August 4th 1955 by Harcourt (first published 1931)
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J.G. Keely
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
There are certain people who delight in mythologizing their lives--looking for deep meanings and explanations for who they imagine themselves to be. It is not mere soul-searching, because they dislike even reasonable criticism, and cannot stand to be made aware of the ways their actions conflict with the vision they have of themselves. They want to be special and important, and are less interested in understanding themselves than in creating an image.

There are some rare people for whom the act o
Ahmad Sharabiani
L'homme à la Découverte De Son âme = Modern Man in Search of a Soul, Carl Jung

Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a book of psychological essays written by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Most important books in the field of psychology.

In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. Additionally, Jung looks at the differences betwe
Leonard Gaya
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a series of essays and lectures, collected initially and translated into French by Dr Roland Cahen, around the end of WWII. It is an excellent introduction to the extensive work of the Swiss psychologist since it covers a wide range of topics on Jung’s “analytical psychology” (as opposed to Freud’s “psychoanalysis”?), such as:

- The unconscious, personal and collective,
- The structure of the psyche, including the conscious functions (feeling, intuition, thought, sensation… this
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
this book is not to find yourself, so don't misinterpret the title of it, "modern man in search of a soul". these essays written by the Swiss psychotherapist are to explain the mindset of how a therapist needs to adjust his attitude towards his patients in order to provide effective therapy. it takes an account for the complex beliefs of society through history and experience, so the data can be used to give an accurate explanation of the patient's neuroses. Freud and Adler denied the presence o ...more
Heather Campbell
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had to put some space between finishing and reviewing this book. Jung was Freud's student--in my opinion this is one case where the student outshines the teacher. This will be my forever reference to mind/spirit health. Jung's explanation of creativity is amazing--but his real feat is explaining the modern person who has found traditional religious custom lacking and what he should do next. The modern man has broken with the past and the masses, is solitary, needs to be sound and proficient,an ...more
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jung is like the Beatles to me
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Of some historical value, but it's essentially a load of old tosh. He lost me about halfway through chapter one when he started talking about interpreting dreams, and how he predicted the death of a man based on a dream he had about climbing or something. Then there is the following excerpt, also regarding dream interpretation:

"...the dark horse, which brings death, so obviously we can deduce that 'horse' represents mother, the life-giver, the beginning of everything..."

This means nothing.
Guillermo Galvan
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a great introduction to Carl Jung’s theories of analytical psychology. The book is broken down into eleven essays dealing with topics of dream analysis, Freudian psychology, spirituality, and religion. Some consider Jung’s ideas radical because they take into account the soul. While many people believe that the soul exists, it’s impossible to prove it either way and thus begin the arguments. Taking this stance introduces an element of metaphysics into treating m ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jung's lecture "The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man" is so very rich and entirely relevant, still, today. It was delivered in Zurich in 1931 at the cusp of another horrific war. I forgot what a plain-spoken sage he could be at times, deep, elegant and never denying our capacity for both good and evil. I'm still digesting ... If you read only one essay by Carl Jung, this should be the one.
Stephen Hiemstra
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Back before I started seminary in 2008, I read whatever interested me. My urge to read was seldom random. For months on end, I might read about a particular topic like Perl programming, military history, or binge on a series like Horatio Hornblower novels.

Today, after so many years of reading and an imperfect memory, I am often unable to pinpoint where I got certain ideas until paging through one of the books in my library. Carl Jung’s Modern Man in Search of a Soul is one such book and it is so
Ann M
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
In answer to those who notice how he criticizes Freud -- Jung was Freud's student when Freud's theories were all the rage, and Freud was not as open to Jung's ideas as he might have been, so Jung was forced to criticize him in order to defend and promote his own work. When he says that psychologists should work together, he means that the powerful, influential and jealous Freud should stop feeling so threatened by him. Nowadays, we take much of Jung's point of view for granted. His theories of a ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For every conscious deficit, there arises an unconscious boon. For every unconscious growth, the conscious mind suffers a loss. The compensatory law of opposites relating to the psyche makes this work particularly sublime for me. Jung’s inability to take to task Christianity effectively leaves a bit to be desired, but, that’s just like…my opinion, man. Regardless, Jung’s innovation is undeniable. Borrowing directly from Nietzsche, Jung never falls under the illusion of his own perspective. He co ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the short introduction on Jung, I decided to delve deeper into his essays.
This book is a compilation of essays that were first delivered as lectures.

1. Dream Analysis in Its Practical Application
2. Problems of Modern Psychotherapy
3. The Aims of Psychotherapy
4. A Psychological Theory of Types
5. The Stages of Life
6. Freud and Jung—Contrasts
7. Archaic Man
8. Psychology and Literature
9. The Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology
10. The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man
11. Psychotherapi
Vincent Chough
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't say I agree with everything Jung says, but he describes psychiatric/psychic disorders extremely well.

Some of his conclusions were surprisingly short-sighted in my opinion. For example, Jung did not fully explore the depths of the Christian faith. He didn't even come close.

It is one thing is to be religious, but to be spiritual is another thing altogether.

When I say "Christ is my Savior" some might take this as a cliché. Nevertheless, this directs every aspect of my life. I focus not on
بثينة العيسى
I love Jung's work. He is widely open to any point of view. Never afraid to sound mystic or spiritual.
This book is a collection of lectures given by the psychologist Carl Jung, 11 lectures dealing with topics of dream analysis, Freudian psychology, psychotherapy, personality types (that eventually led to Myers–Briggs/MBTI).... These lectures are recorded here as:

1. Dream Analysis in Its Practical Application
2. Problems of Modern Psychotherapy
3. The Aims of Psychotherapy
4. A Psychological Theory of Types
5. The Stages of Life
6. Freud and Jung—Contrasts
7. Archaic Man
8. Psychology and Literature
9. T
Daniel Polansky
Rather than waste a lot of time discussing the development of psychology, the rest of the review is going to be a scattershot series of impressions about a (fairly) seminal text in modern culture.

• As a therapist, I’d take Jung over Freud, but in terms of scathing observations into the nature of humanity, I’ll take the Austrian.
• Still, Freud was completely batshit, I’m glad someone got to point that out.
• Then again, collective memory is also garbage and I don’t know how anyone could seriously
Tom Schulte
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The eleven chapters in this work are, save one, lectures delivered by Jung prior to its 1933 publication. Carl Jung snipes at times at the wide target of Freud’s narrowly focused psychology, such as observing that free association merely leads to projecting one’s own complexes. But, at times it seems the crowded dreamscape of Jung’s own archetypes may be a projection of his own issues. Still, I enjoy reading vintage Jung since his relentless probing of the human psyche seems to have given him a ...more
Jeremy Allan
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
I’ve meant to read Jung for sometime now and I’m glad I finally did. This collection of essays serves as a nice primer to his mature thought and how he viewed his practice of psychology alongside those of his peers. While no essay goes into great depth about any topic or idea, notably his concept of archetypes, the general foundations seem to be present, particularly of his view of the psyche and the “collective unconscious.”

At points, reading these essays can feel a bit repetitive, particularly
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so I wrote a review for this book before I finished it, assuming that it would be adequate. Boy, was I wrong. The last chapter of this book is just...W-O-W! It is the most concise explanation of the intellectual and spiritual struggle of modern man I have ever come across. Aside from that, the last chapter provides more insight about the job/responsibilities of a psychotherapist than any other part of the book. below is my original review of the book.

I haven't finished it yet, but I will go
Ahmed Hamad
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This "introductory" book, I believe, has provided an almost perfect analysis and expression of the "soul" of the modern man. The words struck at my very core, with each page forcing me to stare at it for a very long while. I stared at those pages not because of their complexity, but rather because of the necessity of reflection and contemplation it brought about.. because of the flashes of memories that came with those words bringing in views I had not noticed before. As with his other books, I' ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Having read the Essential Jung by Anthony Storr, this I thought, may be covering much the same ground, but aside from the first chapter on dream analysis, there seemed to be little that was duplicated and thankfully there was no mention of Alchemy which to my mind overcomplicated the former.

This book contains 11 essays that are aimed at giving the reader a comprehensive overview of Jungs'theories and opinions, which mainly pertain to a non-religious spiritual rebalancing of the psyche. Althoug
Timothy Ball
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tim-s-shelf
Human thought cannot conceive any system or final truth that could give the patient what they need in order to live: that is faith, hope, love and insight. These four highest achievements of human effort are so many gifts of grace, which are neither to be taught nor learned, neither given nor taken, neither withheld nor earned, since they come through experience, which is something "given", and therefore beyond the reach of human caprice. Experiences cannot be "made". They happen-- yet fortunate ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've really been enjoying Jung. He's a breath of fresh air after submerging myself in all of that Freud. Freud always takes the most reductive route, because his focus is on justifying psychology as a science and science is purposely reductive. (I realize now that he wasn't nearly reductive enough to meet current scientific standards.) But Jung corrects a lot of Freud by placing some of the theories that Freud thought of as fundamental in a larger context, and also by seeing around Freud's myopi ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
It has been so long since I read this book that I barely remember it. It is very much about dream analysis, and Jung seeks to convey the experience of psychoanalysis from the perspective of the analyst. It also underscores the importance of the unconscious, which endeavors to speak to the self through dreams.

What made a lasting impression, though, was Jung's discussion of modern society, and the dilemma of anyone trying to live in a world that runs contrary to basic human needs. We need quiet i
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Some chapters are much better than others, but the best in this book is worth returning to again and again. Jung's imaginative, expansive, playful yet serious view of psychology's role and scope is invigorating, even if not always accurate. Like Freud, even when Jung is wrong, he's brilliantly wrong.
Iver Raknes
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The world is at the fringes of a spiritual rebirth through a rediscovery of the soul. It is possible that the road on which we are traveling will bring about a renaissance of Catholicism or Protestantism. Atlas that seems to be what Jung imagined to be the antithesis of what Nietzsche proposed through his famous proclamation “God is dead.” — Man had killed his Gods, and now needed to make god of himself, or else we’d be destined to wear the blood of our highest creator on our hands for all etern ...more
Creativeness, like the freedom of the will, contains a secret. (167)

I’d picked this book as an introduction to Jung’s work, and I found it gave me an adequate overview as well as a decent amount of confidence that I’d gain something from his other books. Jung is a rather lively writer—or in this case lecturer, because with one exception the chapters in this books are lectures—neither too stilted nor too technical. He does not err in the other extreme either: the colloquialism and anecdotes are w
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read Freud and Campbell it was nice to finally read the missing link between the ideas of those two thinkers. I liked Jung a lot. He seems to have really figured out the human mind and what it needs. I appreciate his understanding of the importance of philosophy and religion for people’s happiness. These ideas are much more realistic and inviting than the cold, unfeeling schools of phycology that I’ve read about.
I feel a little sheepish to say that this is the longest work I've ever read by Jung. It was a good introduction, though, and I'm looking forward to trying some of his other writing. I think the first portion of the book would be hard for someone who isn't familiar with Freud and the the emergence of psychoanalysis, but anyone with a basic grasp should manage all right. The later portion is much easier to read, ha, but equally informative. Throughout, Jung maintains a frank tone which seems to f ...more
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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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