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Product Details

  • Series: Jung Seminars
  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691133239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691133232
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Published with the support of the Philemon Foundation, this fascinating work on children's dreams comprises texts from a four-year seminar series at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. This is the first appearance in English of these seminars, and the present volume is considered the first supplement to The Collected Works of C. G. Jung. . . . Presented as an informal exchange in a conversational format, the book is overall more accessible than the concentrated presentation in Collected Works. This invaluable resource will delight scholars of Jung and anyone interested in his works."--J. Bailey, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, for Choice

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"This is Jung on dream analysis in more detail than has yet been published. It reveals Jung as an educator in dialogue with his students in a more casual exchange than a formal lecture but one that shows more depth and spontaneity as a give-and-take exchange. A unique feature of the work is that it presents a detailed exposition of the application of archetypal psychology to the dreams of childhood as they have been remembered by adults."--Eugene Taylor, author of William James on Consciousness beyond the Margin


"A fascinating offering. It is always a pleasure to watch Jung go to work on a dream, and this book gives an invaluable picture of how he taught others to interpret dreams as well as how he approached them himself. Here, the clinician comes forward, and the dreams and their likely significance for the life of the dreamer remain the focus throughout."--John Beebe, editor of Aspects of the Masculine


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One appeal of the book is its didactic format.
Denyse Beaudet
The book is the second to be published by the Philemon Foundation which is undertaking to publish all the unpublished works of C.G. Jung.
Thomas B. Kirsch
These were necessarily very frightening or perplexing dreams, the memory and mystery of which lingered on into adulthood.
McTeague

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Kirsch on January 28, 2008
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This book shows Jung at work using his methods of dream interpretation. Jung liked the seminar method and had ongoing seminars during the academic year from the early 1920's until 1940. The children's dream seminar has long been available only to close students of analytical psychology and was given between 1936 and 1940. In this seminar he takes dreams of adults who recall their dreams from childhood. So, do not expect to see dreams from children. He shows his magnificently wide range of knowledge of different subjects as he amplifies the meaning of the dreams put forth by seminar participants. The translations from German are by Ernst Falzaeder, a well known psychoanalytic historian, and are excellent. The book is the second to be published by the Philemon Foundation which is undertaking to publish all the unpublished works of C.G. Jung. HIghly recommended for anyone interested in the study of dreams and analytical psychology.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Center For Depth Harris on February 9, 2008
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This book is a unique perspective on the dreams of children, although it must be noted that they are the dreams that adults had as they recall them from their childhood. What is unique about this book is that the introductory lectures about dreams by Carl Jung may be the single best presentation of the classical Analytical Psychology perspective of dreams. Secondly, the book is a powerful presentation of the unique contribution made by Jung. One unique contribution is the illustration of how the forces of the psyche already at play in the young child and how they contribute to the unfolding development of an individual's identity. A drawback is the case presentation method (a plus for others), which can make the material somewhat choppy because of the varied presentations. Overall, however, it is solid and unique contribution to the field of Analyical Psychology and all perspectives work from that group of psychologies under the umbrella of depth psychology.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Denyse Beaudet on February 3, 2009
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Children's Dreams: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1940 by C.G. Jung stands as an important document for anyone interested in children's dreams. The book gathers many voices, those of the seminar participants, and that of Jung, in his role as teacher.

One appeal of the book is its didactic format. The participants in the seminar present children's dreams that Jung assigned to them at the beginning of the semester, which they amplify and for which they suggest meanings. Jung listens to their presentations. In his comments following the presentations Jung often returns at first to the simple facts of the dream, and then further amplifies the dream using relevant archetypal symbols. With a remarkable breadth of knowledge at his fingertips, Jung navigates through the world of myths and symbols with great ease, unearthing their hidden meanings along the way.

In response to a reductive interpretation of a dream, Jung may expand it so as to account for the many dimensions of a dream; when working with a dream with no clear ending, he may look for the potential for development enfolded in it; and when cumbersome amplifications lead away from a dream, again and again Jung brings the focus back to the original text of the dream.

The seminar spans four winters. We can trace a development through the series, which reaches its fullest expression with the third session (1938-1939). Readers will find gems here and there in Jung's spontaneous comments throughout the notes.

Humbled by dreams, Jung confides: "We will never understand this secret of life and this cosmos, it is much too complicated, and the same is true for dreams. They fall like nuts from the tree of life and yet they are so hard to crack," (p.332).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By McTeague on August 1, 2013
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Like Jung's work generally, this was a challenging read. Reading the first chapter, where Jung sets out his general observations about dream analysis, was like finding gold. The following chapters, which record the seminar classes, were at times perplexing and enlightening. I admit that as the book progressed I began to focus mostly on Jung's own contributions to the seminar, and more and more I skipped the contributions of Jung's students, which, while informative about mythology generally, seemed less valuable and less on the mark than Jung's own contributions.

The seminar focused on the dreams one had as a child, but still remembered as an adult. These were necessarily very frightening or perplexing dreams, the memory and mystery of which lingered on into adulthood. Most of the analysis seemed to be saying that the children's dreams that were analyzed were indications of the children's nascent sexual feelings. Which was a surprise to me. It had never occurred to me that many of the nightmares that fill children's dreams could be sexual. But upon reflection, this approach made some sense with respect to one of my own dreams that I have remembered since childhood. And having thought about the dream while reading this book, I went to sleep one night and had an interesting continuation of the old dream, now some forty years later!

I do not know if Jung's approach is correct, but I recognize that it yields some interesting results, and I am grateful that someone tries to make sense of dreams, instead of dismissing them as nonsense as so many do.
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More About the Author

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung's radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is "by nature religious" and to explore it in depth. His many major works include "Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice," "Man and His Symbols," "Memories, Dreams, Reflections," "The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung," and "The Red Book."

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