Jung: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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Though he was a prolific writer and an original thinker of vast erudition, Jung lacked a gift for clear exposition and his ideas are less widely appreciated than they deserve.

In this concise introduction, Anthony Stevens explains clearly the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individuation of the Self. He examines Jung's views on such disparate ...
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Jung: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

Though he was a prolific writer and an original thinker of vast erudition, Jung lacked a gift for clear exposition and his ideas are less widely appreciated than they deserve.

In this concise introduction, Anthony Stevens explains clearly the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individuation of the Self. He examines Jung's views on such disparate subjects as myth, religion, alchemy, 'sychronicity', and the psychology of gender differences, and he devotes separate chapters to the stages of life, Jung's theory of psychological types, the interpretation of dreams, the practice of
Jungian analysis, and to the unjust allegation that Jung was a Nazi sympathizer. Finally, he argues that Jung's visionary powers and profound spirituality have helped many to find an alternative set of values to the arid materialism prevailing in Western society.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606687
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/22/2001
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 321,307
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony Stevens is also the author of Archetype: A Natural History of the Self (1982), On Jung (1990), and, most recently, The Two Million-Year-Old Self (1993).

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Table of Contents

1 The man and his psychology 1
2 Archetypes and the collective unconscious 32
3 The stages of life 44
4 Psychological types 66
5 Dreams 81
6 Therapy 96
7 Jung's alleged anti-Semitism 113
8 The summing-up 123
Further reading 129
Index 133
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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    This was a great introduction to the life and work of Carl Jung.

    This was a great introduction to the life and work of Carl Jung. Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist that founded analytical psychiatry. I was particularly interested in his theories about individuation and the comparisons to Freud. Jung disagreed with the basic tenets of Freudian theory. Freud focused heavily on sexuality and discounted the unconscious as a source of creativity. I loved that I had a glimpse of his childhood and how it differed from Freud's upbringing which shaped both man's character and ultimate contributions to the world of psychiatry as well as the study of religion, literature and related fields. I definitely recommend this book if you are interested in a straightforward, clear introduction to the world of Jung.

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