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  • Series: Collected Works of C.G. Jung (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 0002- edition (January 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691018154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691018157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The work is an intellectual tour de force of a very considerable calibre, as witnessed by the quite extraordinary amount of mythological material put into it, and the extensive research this must have required."--The Journal of Analytical Psychology

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All of Jung's books are deep and insightful.
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It would be better if the year of the reprint was displayed at the moment of the purchase.
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This reallocation of sexual energy Jung also attributes to the origin of art.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By C. Moon on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Historically, Symbols of Transformation was not only the book in which Jung delcared his split with Freud but also became later a sort of litmus test to see just how well people could deal with the depth psychology literature--which is to say, Symbols of Transformation is a very overwhelming read. Jung's ideas are brilliant but the volume could use significant editing or perhaps reduce more of his page long excercizes in etymology or other mental wanderings to footnotes (as though there were not already pages upon pages of footnotes!) It is tempting to think that Jung is showing off however one must remember the challenge he felt himself under and the certainty with which his peers would reject him. I cannot think of a book that more deserves cliff notes, and yet, when it is all said and done, his premise is staggering and no less elegant than Darwin's theory of species diversification. The notion that those energies which feed the libido and spirituality flow from the same pool or are perhaps the same thing altogether, comes as startling but is only the beginning of a long narrative Jung unravels that leaves mankind forever linked with his mythic past, spirituality recognized as an essential part of the human psychology. But this is where cliff notes would make a nice addition (or some sort of chapter summary) because the implications go on and on and on and on. I don't think you can read this and be unchanged because so many ideas are raised that the creative mind is at once set in motion, and soon you'll find new ideas creeping into your awareness that were never there before, and are not really contained within this book either.Read more ›
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on June 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This work is a landmark both in psychology--the beginning of Jung's revelation of the Collective Unconscious resulting in his break with Freud--& his own quest for individuation. In his own words: p. 304: "It is not possible to live too long amid infantile surroundings, or in the bosom of the family, without endangering one's psychic health. Life calls us forth to independence, and anyone who does not heed this call because of childish laziness or timidity is threatened with neurosis." Furthermore, he states that (despite many modern Jungians emphasizing his Thinking nature), p. 109: "All passion is a challenge to fate" & p. 110: "Anyone who refuses to experience life must stifle his desire to live--in other words, he must commit partial suicide. This explains the death fantasies that usually accompany the renunciation of desire." Needless to say, the break with Freud was extremely traumatic for Jung--yet it led to his own individuation (see his biography, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"). Of course, in Jung's era it was not uncommon for the erudite to intersperse their writings with poetic allusions, French & Latin phrases, etc. which make such works exceedingly trying for modern readers. Still, this is a breakthrough book. I'd suggest reading his immediate disciples' works first as well as "Man & His Symbols" which was written at the end of Jung's life (with some of his primary students) for a general vs. technical audience. Books are also available by Marie-Louise von Franz, Barbara Hanna, Jolande Jacobi, as well as Emma Jung. Some interesting observations in this work: p. 181: "Children cannot distinguish their own instincts from the influence and will of their parents" & p. 303: (quoting Gerhart Hauptmann via W. Stekel)--"Poetry is the art of letting the primordial word resound through the common word."
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. Wolf on September 19, 2005
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This is not an easy read, but it is worth the time and effort. I have a link to Dictionary.com and purchased a Latin translation program to help me through. I have notes all over the margins and have to read and reread and reread paragraphs to follow Jung's train of thought. The book is a lot of work, but it is fascinating, and nothing this good ought to be easy. You will get back everything you put in, but it requires committment.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Jung has put forth his concept of the libido in this book and has presented it in a very clear way. This work also points the way towards psychic maturity, that of liberating ourselves away from the protective womb of the mother and embarking on our individual journey towards wholeness. Reading this book is a learning experience indeed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Godfrey on December 11, 2009
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Jung's intention behind writing this book and otherwise investigating this field was to expand the symbolic expressions that arise from the unconscious beyond the scope of Freud's pansexualism. For the most part Jung deferred to Freud's interpretation of dreams, but radically opposed Freud's exclusive reliance on sexuality as the sole cause of unconscious impulses. "Symbols of Transformation" is Jung's attempt at explaining a variety of other-than-sexual causes for the symbols and impulses that arise from the unconscious. By discussing these unconscious forces, Jung relies upon his theory of the collective unconscious and the archetypes, which he deals with more explicitly in volume 9/1.

Jung begins with a short chapter on two modes of thinking which explain the means through which unconscious archetypes can intrude upon conscious. The first mode of thinking he mentions is directed thinking, which is defined by taking thoughts and ideas meaningful to the individual and translating them into objectively relay-able symbols, or in our case, words. This type of thought he claims is discursive and tends to be quite exhausting. The applications and merits of this type of thought are self-evident. The next form of thinking he addresses is dreaming or fantasy-thinking. In this type of thought, images come and go as they please. The verbal constraints found in directed thinking vanish and instead, images and feelings. This form of thinking is effortless, spontaneous and seemingly guided by unconscious motives (18). Jung writes that the advantages modern man has over his ancestors is that he has learned to focus his energies onto directed thinking, while the earlier humans who had the same intellectual capacities (although less material knowledge) emphasized this fantasy-thinking.
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