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Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal

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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 controversial area.

In his introduction, Roderick Main discusses Jung's encounters with and observations of the ...

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Overview

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 controversial area.

In his introduction, Roderick Main discusses Jung's encounters with and observations of the paranormal, the influences that contributed to his theory of synchronicity, and the central ideas of the theory itself. The selections include Jung's writings on mediumistic trance phenomena, spirits and hauntings, anomalous events in the development and practice of analytical psychology, and the divinatory techniques of astrology and the I Ching. The book also features Jung's most lucid account of his theory in the form of his short essay "On Synchronicity," and a number of Jung's less-known writings on parapsychology, his astrological experiment, and the relationship between mind and body.

Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal addresses subjects that were fundamental to Jung's personal and professional development. Probing deeply into the theory of synchronicity, Roderick Main clarifies issues that have long been a source of confusion to Jung's readers.

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Victor Mansfield
...[A]n excellent collection...in one volume...excerpts of most of Jung's major writings on synchronicity and the paranormal....this book significantly helps us understand both Jung's ides and the nature of his long involvement in these areas. -- The Journal of Parapsychology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691058375
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/1998
  • Series: Encountering Jung Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 686,811
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Encountering the Paranormal
1 Spiritualism 47
2 Spirits and hauntings 55
3 Analytical psychology 72
4 Astrology and the I Ching 79
Pt. II The Theory of Synchronicity
5 Synchronicity 93
6 Parapsychology 103
7 Jung's astrological experiment 112
8 Physics 122
Pt. III Outer Limits
9 Visions and altered states 133
10 Life after death 142
11 UFOs 152
12 Miscellaneous insights and speculations 159
Subject index 172
Name index 176
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