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Four Archetypes by Carl Jung
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it was ok
bookshelves: social-science, anthology, philosophy-religion, psychology

Four selections from across Jung's collected works. These are the standard Hull translation lifted wholesale from other editions. The archetypes covered at: the mother; rebirth; the spirit; the trickster.

There is not important or even necessary connection between the selections in this book. If I remember they were all taken from different publications and the only thing they have in common is that they are all chapters (or partial chapters) on archetypes. Jung certainly wrote in depth about more archetypes; I haven't the slightest idea why they picked these four. His most well known are almost certainly the shadow, the anima/animus and the Self. There's no mention of them, nor an explanation for why these were taken. The selections are really unbalanced with the last two being significantly longer and more detailed than the first two. This isn't much use as an introduction to Jung, as it doesn't even have a primer to orient the reader, and the material is among his most ambiguous and dense. His historical are interesting, but he jumps around and does little to help the reader keep pace.

I give it two stars because I thought the writing was still interesting, if redundant. I think the material should stay in the original packaging, so to speak. These peace mail, grab bags books aren't much good to anyone and don't do much for helping Jung's legacy.
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Started Reading
December 1, 2004 – Finished Reading
September 17, 2008 – Shelved
December 1, 2008 – Shelved as: social-science
January 1, 2009 – Shelved as: anthology
January 1, 2009 – Shelved as: philosophy-religion
January 9, 2011 – Shelved as: psychology

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message 1: by Paulo (new)

Paulo Mota You just saved me 15 euros. Thanks. Its better to find the book "The Collected Works of C.G. Jung" then. It's expensive, but at least it must be complete.


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