Dream Interpretation Ancient and Modern: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1941

Dream Interpretation Ancient and Modern: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1941

by C. G. Jung, John Peck, Lorenz Jung, Maria Meyer-Grass
     
 

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From 1936 to 1941, C. G. Jung gave a four-part seminar series in Zurich on children's dreams and the historical literature on dream interpretation. This book completes the two-part publication of this landmark seminar, presenting the sessions devoted to dream interpretation and its history. These sessions open a window on Jungian dream interpretation in practice,

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From 1936 to 1941, C. G. Jung gave a four-part seminar series in Zurich on children's dreams and the historical literature on dream interpretation. This book completes the two-part publication of this landmark seminar, presenting the sessions devoted to dream interpretation and its history. These sessions open a window on Jungian dream interpretation in practice, as Jung examines a long dream series from Renaissance physician Girolamo Cardano. Presented here in an inspired English translation commissioned by the Philemon Foundation, these sessions reveal Jung as an impassioned teacher in dialogue with his students as he developed and refined the discipline of analytical psychology. An invaluable document of perhaps the most important psychologist of the twentieth century at work, this splendid book offers the fullest representation of Jung's interpretations of dream literatures, filling a critical gap in his collected works.

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"Full of symbols, analogies, and speculation, this entertaining, scholarly book will be accessible to general readers interested in psychology, anthropology, and the occult."Library Journal

"Dream Interpretation Ancient and Modern can be very useful for readers who have little or no understanding that dreams were interesting to well-educated scholars for thousands of years before Freud and Jung began their investigations. . . . [T]he book is worth examination by anyone interested in the ideas of Jung or dream interpretation. Jung's comments in this work, as usual, are interesting, erudite, and extremely helpful."—Ronald Teague, PsycCRITIQUES

"[An] intriguing volume. . . . [T]his book is well researched and will be a welcome addition to Jung collections."Choice

Library Journal
04/01/2014
This book completes a two-part publication in English of a large German volume published in 1987. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875–1961) led a seminar in Zurich from 1936 to 1941. In 14 chapters Jung discusses texts by different authors, with comments and questions from his students. "[Jung's] easily understandable language and the apparent simplicity of the children's dreams facilitate understanding [of] his human side, his humor, and his satirical vein." Unlike his early mentor, Sigmund Freud, Jung focused on anthropology and mysticism in visions rather than sex and aggression. Jung, who traveled in Africa, admired primitives as " natural psychologists " and believed their views corresponded to his own, the result of this respect was a self-described belief that people saw him as a practitioner of demonology. Jung discusses dream interpretation through the ages, disputing Freud on notions of the unconscious—he says, "It's quite cheap simply to impute a wish to the dream text." VERDICT Full of symbols, analogies, and speculation, this entertaining, scholarly book will be accessible to general readers interested in psychology, anthropology, and the occult.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691159454
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2014
Series:
Philemon Foundation Series
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
770,742
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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John Peck is a Jungian analyst in private practice. He is a cotranslator of Jung's Red Book and the author of ten books of poetry, including Contradance. Lorenz Jung, now deceased, was a grandson of C. G. Jung and a Jungian analyst in private practice. Maria Meyer-Grass is a Jungian analyst in private practice. Ernst Falzeder is lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and senior editor at the Philemon Foundation. He is the editor of The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham, 1907-1925.

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