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"'Clever and witty.' Susie Orbach, Guardian"

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Maggie Hyde is a writer, lecturer and journalist and consultant astrologer. Michael McGuiness is an artist, designer and former art director who has had numerous exhibitions of his work throughout the world.
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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books; Fourth Edition edition (December 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310100
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Introducing Jung is not the only book I have from totem's "Introducing" series, but it is one of my favorites. It clearly presents many of the ideas that may be glossed over in your intro to psych class. Like all the "Introducing" books, it is not too muddled with details but rather serves as an excellent jumping off point for research in a subject you may be unfamiliar with. The drawings are also helpful and humorous, especially to those more visual learners. These books make great inexpensive gifts for college students, and they are much apreciated when recieved. They are an overall easy read on not so easy subjects and can be referenced over and over again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on May 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found this book after I had already read quite a significant amount of Jung's work. I was amazed at how peceptive and witty this treatment really is. It makes a great review for the already knowledgeable, and I can see where it would also be an excellent first introduction.
The book covers Jung's early childhood history, his work and differences with Freud, the basics of Jungian Analytical Psychology, type theory, the psychology of religion, the uncanny and synchronicity, the I Ching, astrology, alchemical speculation, and it even addresses and debunks some of the controversial criticisms of his personal life and work. There is also really useful "little dictionary" in the back for those who are not yet familiar with Jungian terminology, or psychology in general.
The illustrations of this book are not mere cut-and-paste filler and distraction, but they exactly augment and demonstrate the topics being discussed. While some might dismiss this as an instructional comic book, there is no obvious "dumbing down" involved.
This is a excellent and insightful little book. In fact, I intend to read it again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jean-marc Lepain on July 3, 2009
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I bought « Introducing Jung: A Graphic Guide » to see if I could recommend the book to some Lao students who have no knowledge of psychology or psychoanalyse and not a very strong English. I was hoping that reading a cartoon book would be more motivating. However I was disappointed by the content and had to drop the idea. The author Maggie Hyde is not a trained psychologist but a sort of new age journalist who is more interested in every thing that is weird in Jung's work without providing a decent explanation of his psychology. The book focuses too much on Jung's life and not enough on his ideas, but even the biographic part is weak. I have read almost all Jung's works and based on his autobiography, his correspondence and other biographies such as Anthony Steven's I do not think that the presentation of Jung's personality is objective. As for the theoretical aspects there are too many gaps and what is presented is either distorted or superficial. I can only confirm the critic already made on this page by T. Gallion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Palumbo on March 9, 2012
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I own several other titles in this series. All of them offer the advantage of being engaging, entertaining, and an easy read.
INTRODUCING JUNG: A GRAPHIC GUIDE is no exception. In addition to its 'comic book' format, it contains a concise supplement on "Jung and the Nazis" and a brief but handy dictionary to Jung's terminology. So, if you are just looking for a once-over-lightly intro, this book should meet your needs.
In this instance, however, I was looking for a book to recommend for further reading for students in my course on the Psychology of Personality. Here, the Totem Books series comes up short.
Partly this is because it is difficult to present complex concepts in a visual format; the key terms are introduced but barely explored. And partly this is because the authors devote the first hundred of so pages to skimming over Jung's life and ideas and then -- as other reviewers have noted-- spend the last sixty or so pages listing Jung's ideas on religion, alchemy and myth (which were taken up by New Age types in the 60's and 70's) without ever giving the reader any sense of what this contributes (if anything) to our understanding of the human mind. (In this respect, it's worth noting that the primary author, Maggie Hyde, identifies herself as "a writer, lecturer, and consultant astrologer.") The end result is rather superficial and fragmentary. Finally, the authors give us little sense of Jung's accomplishments or his contributions to the field of psychology. The Jungian concept that was to turn out to be the most fruitful to later psychologists -- introversion/extroversion -- is dealt with in a single page.
If you are looking for an understanding of Jung's ideas, I would recommend JUNG: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION by Anthony Stevens (published by Oxford University Press. It's is a more demanding read, but actually gives you a feel for what questions Jung was trying to answer and what he accomplished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guerrilla Reader VINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Review of "Introducing Jung."

Let me preface this review by stating that I am impressed by the "Introducing" line of books. With that said I chose Introducing Jung because I had a need for a fast and succinct knowledge of Jung the man and his Jungian Analytical Psychology.

I was not disappointed with my selection as it was detailed and on point with a clever narrative providing the subject's particular back story, in this instance that of Carl Gustav Jung, and the works that defined his life, without delving too far into debate, praise, or criticism. In short, it was just what I needed.

This text explains the theories that led Jung to break away from Sigmund Freud, and describes his own near psychotic breakdown in mid-life, a "night sea voyage" from which he emerged with radical new insights into the nature of the unconsciousness mind. This text also describes how Jung, through his patients' dreams, fantasies, and psychic disturbances, explored the psychology of religion, alchemy, astrology, and other phenomena rejected by science.

At only 119 pages (complete with instructive illustration) Introducing Jung is very well done in providing the reader with the salient benchmarks of the subject's life & works without the drudgery often accompanied by excessive interpretations and extrapolations by authors and editors who attempt to delve deep. If you need a somewhat complete yet "quick" understanding, this could be it.

Five stars.

JP
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