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This startling new interpretation of Jung's life and psychology is based on the insight that he was essentially a Taoist. Drawing on Jung's own letters, aphorisms, and other writings, David Rosen examines six crises in Jung's personal development, from childhood revelations and youthful rebellions to his break with Freud and his later work with the I Ching. Rosen discovers many parallels between Jung's natural world of the psyche and that of Taoist philosophy: the integration of opposites; the Great Mother as the origin of all things; the I Ching and synchronicity; the Way of Integrity and individuation; and the need to release the ego and surrender to the Self or Tao. As an increasing number of people turn to Eastern philosophy as a means of handling the many stresses of an increasingly confounding world, this illuminating introduction to both Taoism and Jungian thought provides a valuable spiritual resource for contemporary followers of the Path.
Posted December 12, 2000
As someone who writes on Jungian themes and who is very familiar with the corpus of C.G. Jung's work and the Jungian literature, I found The Tao of Jung to be a wonderful accomplishment. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, it confirms and expresses beautifully my own reading on Jung's sensibility and his struggle. I think David Rosen got it absolutely right in regard to the old Taoist! This book is a great way to get to know C.G. Jung, second only to reading Jung's own autobiography, Memories, Dreams, and Reflections.
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