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Psychology and Religion: West and East (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11) Hardcover – January 1, 1975

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  • Series: Bollingen Series, 20 (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 699 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2 edition (January 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691097720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691097725
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nowhere else than in this study of the interplay of East and West is the point so forcefully made that man's cultural past somehow molds his feelings and thinking as well as his highly contrasting attitudes toward reality."--The New York Times Book Review

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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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ross James Browne on June 17, 2003
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_Psychology and Religion: West and East_ is definitely one of the top three most important books in the Princeton/Bollingen series of Jung's collected works. As of now, it is only available in the ...hardcover edition, but you cannot put a price on the life-enhancing knowledge contained in this volume.
I will go over this volume one essay at a time:
The first essay is entitled "Psychology and Religion" and is a very useful, readable, and somewhat generalized overview on Jung's opinions on religion, and its usefulness in preventing neurosis. This essay is an ideal introduction.
Next comes the esaay "A Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity". This is a very complex and profound essay, and deals with some of the most perplexing and mysterious concepts in all of theology. Specifically, it attempts to explain the precise nature of the Holy Ghost. It may be hard to relate to this essay unless you have had a numinous religious experience, such as a connection of coincidences with an underlying Biblical message. But Jung does a remarkable job dealing with this complex subject.
Next comes the essay "Transformation Symbolism in the Mass". This is my least favorite essay in this collection. Jung describes in excruciating detail the painstaking procedures involved in carrying out a proper symbolic mass. This wouldn't be so bad if Jung would have actually given us his interpretation of the symbolic significance of the procedures contained within the mass, but he does not do this. Instead, he simply explains in a very boring and dry manner what is to be done in performing the mass, and does not venture an interpretation of what any of this means. This is the only weak essay in this volume, however, and the rest of the book is classic, vintage Jung.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on February 25, 2005
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This lengthy tome, while not an easy read and including rather detailed analyses of certain Christian processes as well as the less than scientific (but certainly different) Answer to Job, provides a number of wise observations on the psychology of religion, applicable to both Eastern and Western religious traditions. Some of his main areas of cross-religious focus are:

Belief vs. Thought:

p. 110 "People who believe and don't think always forget that they continually expose themselves to their own worst enemy: doubt. Wherever belief reigns, doubt lurks in the background. But thinking people welcome doubt: it serves them as a valuable stepping-stone to better knowledge. People who can believe should be a little more tolerant with those of their fellows who are only capable of thinking. Belief has already conquered the summit which thinking tries to win by toilsome climbing. The believer ought not to project his habitual enemy, doubt, upon the thinker, thereby suspecting him of destructive designs...let the believer rejoice that others, too, seek to climb the mountain on whose peak he sits."

p. 449 "Irritability, bad moods, and outbursts of affect are the classic symptoms of chronic virtuousness."

The Statistical Distribution of Human Development In Terms of Years and Historical Periods:

p. 308 "There are people who, psychologically, might be living in the year 5000 B. C., i.e., who can still successfully solve their conflicts as people did seven thousand years ago. There are countless troglodytes and barbarians living in Europe and in all civilized countries, as well as a large number of medieval Christians. On the other hand, there are relatively few who have reached the level of consciousness which is possible in our time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
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i have found this book really interesting and if not for the usuall difficult jargons, i would have rated this a five star book. What i found of special interest is the portion of the ANSWER TO JOB...it contained ideas which are controversial yet liberating! Even when i was a child, I already harbored the same questions posited in this work i.e. some irrationalities in the way God works. I also love the psychological analysis of the book of revelation which includes the analysis of the shadow of its author...it was a learning experience for me since i became more convinced that in order for us to be truly human and be more psychologically balanced, we have to integrate all the aspects of our personality including the SHADOW! You'll have an enlightening experience by reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ruxandra panaitescu on May 22, 2013
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this is one of carl jung's most extraordinary volumes from the collected works. his take on the psychology of christianity is beautiful.
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