Psychology of the Unconscious: A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido

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"This book became a landmark, set up on the spot where two ways divided. Because of its imperfections and its incompleteness it laid down the program to be followed for the next few decades of my life." Thus wrote C. G. Jung about his most famous and influential work, the one that marked the beginning of his divergence from the psychoanalytic school of Freud. In this book Jung explores the fantasy system of Frank Miller, the young American woman whose account of her poetic and vivid mental images helped lead him to his redefinition of libido ...

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Overview

"This book became a landmark, set up on the spot where two ways divided. Because of its imperfections and its incompleteness it laid down the program to be followed for the next few decades of my life." Thus wrote C. G. Jung about his most famous and influential work, the one that marked the beginning of his divergence from the psychoanalytic school of Freud. In this book Jung explores the fantasy system of Frank Miller, the young American woman whose account of her poetic and vivid mental images helped lead him to his redefinition of libido while encouraging his explorations in mythology. Published in 1912 as Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido, this is a key text for the study of the formation of Jung's ideas and for understanding his personal and psychological condition during this crucial time. Miller's fantasies, with their mythological implications, supported Jung's notion that libido is not primarily sexual energy, as Freud had described it, but rather psychic energy in general, which springs from the unconscious and appears in consciousness as symbols. Jung shows how libido organizes itself as a metaphorical "hero," who first battles for deliverance from the "mother," the symbol of the unconscious, in order to become conscious, then returns to the unconscious for renewal. Jung's analytical commentary on these fantasies is a complex study of symbolic parallels derived from mythology, religion, ethnology, art, literature, and psychiatry, and foreshadows his fundamental concept of the collective unconscious and its contents, the archetypes.

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Contemporary Psychology
Jung is readable in this first exciting bloom of his extraordinary journey into the unconscious.
— Joseph C. Mark
Contemporary Psychology - Joseph C. Mark
Jung is readable in this first exciting bloom of his extraordinary journey into the unconscious.
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"Jung is readable in this first exciting bloom of his extraordinary journey into the unconscious."—Joseph C. Mark, Contemporary Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691090252
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2001
  • Series: Collected Works of C.G. Jung - Supplements Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 476
  • Sales rank: 1,490,777
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xv
Foreword, by Eugene Taylor xvii
Introduction, by William McGuire xxvii
Translator's Note xliii
Author's Note xlv
PART I
Introduction 5
Chapter 1. Concerning the Two Kinds of Thinking 9
Chapter 2. The Miller Phantasies 37
Chapter 3. The Hymn of Creation 43
Chapter 4. The Song of the Month 76
PART II
Chapter 1. Aspects of the Libido 115
Chapter 2. The Conception and the Genetic Theory of Libido 125
Chapter 3. The Transformation of the Libido. A Possible Source of Primitive Human Discoveries 139
Chapter 4. The Unconscious Origin of the Hero 168
Chapter 5. Symbolism of the Mother and of Rebirth 202
Chapter 6. The Battle for Deliverance from the Mother 266
Chapter 7. The Dual Mother Role 294
Cahpter 8. The Sacrifice 369
Index 415

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