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Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks Hardcover – August 16, 2010
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I was drawn to Toub's memoir because I wondered how I might have fared growing up in a family where both parents were therapists who actively engaged in psychological explorations. I'm also attracted to the rich stew of Jungian psychology with its emphasis on dreams, myths, symbols, and archetypes.
Toub realizes that his parents were different. He writes about them in his introduction, "Most people did not go off to seminars in the desert and sit cross-legged with a bunch of other people and talk about their spirit guides." Most kids probably didn't analyze their dreams at the dinner table. And how many teenage males have discussed a fear of impotence with their mother and had her lead them in an imaginary exercise where they were encouraged to "become the erection" to gain confidence? Depending on your outlook, growing up in such an environment could sound intriguing, engaging, or even a bit creepy.
I suspect that Toub and perhaps his editors wanted to keep what could have been a heavy subject on the upbeat and readable side. Thus, the book comes across as entertainingly self-deprecating and lighthearted with each chapter broken into short sections. Toub, now 34 and married and divorced, survived his childhood and writes on psychology and other topics from Toronto.Read more ›
This is a well-written and engaging look - honest, witty and stimulating - at these kinds of questions via one young man's struggle to emerge (he and Carl Jung would say "individuate") from a nurturing but uniquely directive family environment. I call it directive not because it specified content preferred by his parents but rather because it specified definitively how one gets the job done. Not "we want you to be a lawyer, or an engineer or a musician", but rather "you'll want to discover your true self, and here's the way to go about it."
The author is a columnist for Toronto's Globe & Mail and a blogger at Psychology Today. He's an insightful writer.
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Very interesting to see how a person's Jungian framework effects their parenting style. Fascinating and humorous read!Published 2 months ago by Mandy
As someone who has also studied Jungian-based Processwork with Arnold Mindell (and teachers trained by Arnie) I found the book a humorous critique of both Processwork as well as a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Melissa M. Duffy
This was kind of fun to read. I found parts of this a little tedious. But all in all, enjoyable.Published 22 months ago by J. Persky
There is a strong sense of vulnerability given off by the autobiographer throughout this book. Toub's frank portrayal of the often misunderstood Jungian lifestyle is refreshingly... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Noelle
Micah Toub tells his life story and how it was influenced by his parents' profession as analysts, while also providing the reader with an excellent synopsis of the principles of... Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Elena