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Psychological Types (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Vol. 6) (Bollingen Series XX) Paperback – October 1, 1976
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It is Jung who gave us the terms introversion and extraversion. But our colloquial understanding of these terms are not exactly what Jung had in mind. For instance introversion he says means "an inward-turning of libido [psychic energy]." Moreover, the introverted person is one who orients himself predominantly by subjective views in contrast to the extraverted who orients himself by objective (external) conditions. Therefore, extraversion and introversion have to do with which realm--outer or inner--the person is drawn to and invests his energies in. So much for our simplistic notions of what these now household words mean!
Personally, I have not read the first half of the book. When I got my copy I went straight to Chapter 10 "General Description of the Types" since that's where the meat of Jungian typology can be found. And let's not forget the four essays in the appendix. They too offer additional insights into typology.
As a bonus there is an entire chapter (some 80 pages) entitled "Definitions" which is actually an in-depth glossary of some of the more important terms and ideas that Jung uses throughout the Collected Works.
If you'd like to learn about (Jungian) personality typology then I suggest you get this relatively inexpensive paperback edition. I've read many works on Jungian typology but nothing beats getting it straight from the horse's mouth.
Needless to say since we are all a combination of the 2,it is heart warming to see the precision and intimacy of Jung's care in explicating a sort of systematic approach while the author remains humble enough to allow for fallibility's as to the perennial question mark of uncertainty.
200 pages can take one months to savor,but for those philosophically and academically inclined the journey is worth it as Jung takes on a historical survey through biblical criticism,Greek mythology,German poetry,Idealism as well as a treasure house of distinctions and comparisons between states of being such as naivete(the extrovert) and sentimentalitty(the introvert),intoxication(extrovert) and dreaming(introvert) to convey his ideas in merging Freud and Adler into a system that became totally Jungian leaving it's footprints as a giant but not only in common day jargon between the introvert and extrovert but balancing an individuals life between conscious and unconscious reality. The emphasis on Freud the extrovert(predominance of the sexual instinct and melting/loving the world)as distinct from Adler's introversion(power and subjective positioning of mastery of one's self and world)) were philosophical insights that alone were too one sided for Jung,hence a possible union was developed by confusing love for power (or vice a versa) which leads to fragmentation whereby the individual's libido becomes lost by slipping into either the unconscious or the conscious reality without a proper regulating principle.Read more ›
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This is one of the basic works behind the recognition of different types of human beings, of different psychological responses to one's environment. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John McLaughlin
Difficult yet with the help with others and faculty I was able to get through it. I loved Jung's references to the judging and perceiving types and how their energy works and do... Read morePublished 11 months ago by magister scientiae
Almost every review of this book on this site is positive. That was not my impression. The book is full of nonsense. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LF
Jung said bad things about a psychologist that wrote a book with ONLY 300 pages. He should have learned to cut his books to 1/5th of what they are. Great to fall asleep.Published 13 months ago by Guy Lussiez
Delivered as expected and product is as described, but nothing above and beyond my expectations.Published 15 months ago by Gregg
Lots of good material tough read for a novice in this field thoughPublished 17 months ago by Daniel
Yes, Psychological Types explains Jung's theory of temperaments, the two rational and two irrational functions of consciousness. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eric Charles Hansen