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  • Series: C. G. Jung Foundation Books
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570626200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570626203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998) was the foremost student of C. G. Jung, with whom she worked closely from 1934 until his death in 1961. A founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, she published widely on subjects including alchemy, dreams, fairy tales, personality types, and psychotherapy.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Althea on November 24, 2010
These 12 essays, written between 1960-1986, show Marie-Louise von Franz, C.G. Jung's longtime colleague, at her best. She addresses typical Jungian themes--archetypes, dreams, alchemy, synchronicity, time--with uncommon lucidity.

Whether you agree with Jung's theories or not, there is no doubt that he vastly expanded the field of the mind and the language with which to investigate it. Unfortunately for some of us with simpler minds, his language was sometimes so flooded with esoteric reference, arcane symbolism, and mythological allusion that his treatises are difficult to wade through. Marie-Louise von Franz acts as a filter for Jung's sometimes turbulent and opaque stream of consciousness. She separates out the superfluous and clarifies the convoluted. The ideas and hypotheses that remain are still fairly complex, but her astute interpretations are very helpful.

Two of the essays deal brilliantly with time. One of them, Time: Rhythm and Repose, is the backbone of the book by the same name, brought out by Thames and Hudson, with wonderful illustrations. Five of the essays deal with synchronicity, which Marie-Louise boils down to something like this: An unconscious image arises into consciousness as a dream, an idea, or a premonition. This mental representation coincides with an external event that is equivalent in meaning. Something already present internally has become externally verifiable. However, equivalents of this type often take place in the absence of an observer who can perceive their meaning. Thus, meaning is an unalienable part of the synchronistic phenomena.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By art owen on August 9, 2013
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This book is opening my mind to another world, or rather to the world I live in, but have not yet explored. Well, that's gonna change. The author is trying to peel layers of obtuseness from my eyes. Her job won't be easy. I've looked at things my way for many years. There are, however, ways of looking at the world other than my own. Other ways which may be equal to or better than my own.

.It's time to start learning all over again. Thank you, Marie-Louise von Franz.
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This is a set of 12 articles (some given as lectures) by C. G. Jung's major disciple M-LvF from 1960 to 1992 and, apparently, a sequel to her "Number & Time." It's much tougher going than some of her later works--e.g. "Psychotherapy" or "Creation Myths." The main thrust of the book is her erudite (e.g. regarding quantum physics and world mythology) attempt to relate/integrate Jung's synchronicity to Matter, Time, Jungian Archetypes, etc. as reflected in her very extensive chapter endnotes. The articles are not in chronological order which would have been: 6-12-2-1-5-3-4-8-11-9-10-7 (dates are provided for each article) which would have been better IMHO (so as to experience the development of her ideas over time), and the editors did not attempt to relate anything in the articles & ignore the tremendous redundancy amongst them. Major themes include--time vs. space, numbers & archetypes, synchronicity & myth/divination, psychology & physics, order vs. meaning, conscious & unconscious, data & information vs. knowledge & meaning (~modern Knowledge Management). Her arguments have tremendous breadth as well as depth, some of her conclusions may be astounding for many readers, though a few seem a bit of a stretch for me, & her references to physics greatly support Synchronicity.

There are a couple of pages of quotes for my collection, including: [brackets are my comments]
p. 29: A hypothesis according to which synchronistic events, being sporadic "miracles," were only a special case of the more general principle of acausal orderedness.
p. 72: As Jung pointed out, this is the telling question of our life: whether we are related to something infinite or not.
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Diane DeArmond on May 12, 2007
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Physics is grappling with the same problems that Marie Louise von Franz tackles in her book, Psyche and Matter. An amazing book of insights which help clarify that relationship between matter and psyche...or that they are the same: just different perspectives.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Smith on September 8, 2012
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This book came quickly and was well packed. It is clear and easy to follow the ideas of Jung in this comprehensive book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this type of material. It was also nice that I could find the writings of von Franz through Amazon.
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