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Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal

(Encountering Jung)

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C. G. Jung had a lifelong interest in the paranormal that culminated in his influential theory of synchronicity. Combining extracts taken from the Collected Works; letters; the autobiographical Memories, Dreams, Reflections; and transcripts of seminars, Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal sets out clearly his seminal contribution to our understanding of this ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published October 25th 1998 by Princeton University Press (first published August 1st 1997)
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Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant – a must read for anyone who wants to understand Jung's theory of synchronicity in-depth.
Wilde Sky
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A collection / analysis of a man's influence / fascination with the paranormal.

The introduction part of this book was quite interesting, but it could have been clearer / more concise.

Reading time roughly 3 hours.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jung On Synchronicity and the Paranormal (JoS&tP) is an important collection because it brings together in one short and well representative book, in Jung's own words, his interest in and experiences of the paranormal to a degree until now I'd read hints of but had never so plainly seen stated and elaborated. JoS&tP book goes far beyond what Jung included in his near-autobiographical, Memories, Dreams and Reflections. In MD&R there are included some paranormal activities, but my ...more
Doug Dillon
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here we have an excellent selection of Carl Jung's writings and talks on Synchronicity and the Paranormal. If you are interested in either or both subjects, this book is a valuable source straight from the mind of one of the world's great thinkers. The first to make the case that coincidences are not just random events, it was Jung who coined the term Synchronicity.

Associate of Albert Einstein, William James and Wolfgang Pauli, Jung makes it very clear how new discoveries in physics during the
May 16, 2008 rated it liked it
When I first picked up this book, I was struck by Jung's involvement in early 20th century spiritualism and astrology, which to my eye was discrediting. Upon revisiting the book, I found fascinating anecdotes in the other sections which stimulated plenty of speculation. Conclusion: a mixed bag with some taste of the truth.
Importantly, Jung hints that a deep investigation of psychology reveals paranormal content.
Heath Nevergold
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not so far out as you would think. Attempts to define the supernatural as scientifically as posible.
Guillermo Galvan
A mediocre collection of spooky ghost stories told by grandpa.
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting book by Carl Jung, famous rival to Freud, who was much more open to non materialist view of the universe.
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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, ...more

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