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This comprehensive collection of writings by the epoch-shaping Swiss psychoanalyst was edited by Joseph Campbell, himself the most famous of Jung's American followers. It comprises Jung's pioneering studies of the structure of the psyche—including the works that introduced such notions as the collective unconscious, the Shadow, Anima and Animus—as well as inquries into the psychology of spirituality and creativity, and Jung's influential "On Synchronicity," a paper whose implications extend from the I Ching to quantum physics. Campbell's introduction completes this compact volume, placing Jung's astonishingly wide-ranging oeuvre within the context of his life and times.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Portable Library Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.04(w) x 7.73(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Carl Gustav Jung was, together with Freud and Adler, one of the three great pioneers in modern psychiatry. He was born in 1865 in Switzerland, where he studied medicine and psychiatry and later became one of Sigmund Freud’s early supporters and collaborators. Eventually, serious theoretical disagreements (among them Jung’s view of the religious instinct in man) led to a doctrinal and personal break between the two famed psychiatrists. Dr. Jung was the author of many books, and he lived and practiced for many years in his native Zurich. He died in 1961.
Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read this book cover to cover twice. The first time it was because I was in college and I was trying to give myself a crash course in depth psychology. The second time was because I was helping to edit a book by Joseph Campbell that contained an extended discussion of Jung's concept of the structure of the self. The first time I was blown away by the depth and breadth of the ideas that Jung was exploring. The second time, having immersed myself in Campbell's theories, I was astonished by how much Jung's theories underlay most of Campbell's work, but also, how much Campbell's vision shaped this edition. In a way, this book bears the thumbprints of two of the more fascinating thinkers of the twentieth century. Having said that, this IS a somewhat academic work, and by no means a breezy read. But it is brilliant.