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The Essential Jung Paperback – December 14, 1999

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"This is by far the best introduction to the work and thought of Carl Gustav Jung now available [1983]. I wish it were possible to require that every teacher and critic, cleric and cocktail-party magus who takes the name of Jung upon his tongue should have read Anthony Storr's admirable compilation at least once, for untold misunderstanding and unwarranted assumption would be saved thereby.... Once again, thanks and praise to Anthony Storr, clinical lecturer in psychiatry in the University of Oxford, for a masterly achievement."--Robertson Davies, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)


"This is the best introductory book for the serious reader. Add it to the autobiography and The Freud/Jung Letters and one has the beginning of a lifetime's serious entertainment."--J. D. O'Hara, Virginia Quarterly Review



"A lively and succinct introduction."--The Economist



"A commentary that is admirably clear and unfailingly level in its tone."--The Sunday Times



"Dr. Anthony Storr has undertaken the formidable task of selecting essential extracts from the huge outpouring of Jung. . . . He starts well with a lively and succinct introduction. . . . The book is then neatly compartmentalized into the main stages of Jung's thought."--The Economist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691029350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691029351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robert Anderson on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
if you're unacquainted with Jung (as I was) and are looking for an introduction and overview of his contributions to psychology, then this is going to be a tough read and probably not what you want.
Essentially this book contains various writings of Jung which are a sampler, if you will, of the important ideas that he contributed to psychology such as the concepts of the collective unconscious, archetypes, personality types, syncronicity, mandalas, dream interpretation, etc.
Be aware that in these writings, Jung is addressing himself to his contemporaries who are well versed in the jargon of psychology.
Overall, I learned quite a bit about Jung and his ideas by reading this book but I also feel that I would have benefited more if I had already read some type of layman's guide to Jung's ideas before tackling this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on March 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
_Some years ago I chose this excellent volume to round out my understanding of Jung's work. I had been exposed to the basics of his theories, as well as having read several of his complete works, but I didn't want to be accused of "picking and choosing" among his entire body of work. While I would one day like to read his complete 18 volumes of Collected Works I didn't have the time or resources back then. I found this to be a well-selected, comprehensive sampling. It not only rounded out my knowledge, but it both served as a good review for what I already knew, while pointing me to further study in areas that I was previously only vaguely aware of.

Part 1: Jung's Early Work
Part 2: Jung's Involvement with Freud and His Divergence from Freud's Theories
Part 3: The Development of the Idea of the Collective Unconscious and of Archetypes
Part 4: Archetypes: Shadow, Shadow, Anima, Animus, the Persona, the Wise Old Man
Part 5: Psychological Types and the Self-regulating Psyche
Part 6: The Development of the Individual
Part 7: Integration, Wholeness, and the Self
Part 8: Self and Opposites: God and the Problem of Evil
Part 9: Unus Mundus and Synchronicity
Part 10: Man and his Future

_The table of contents makes it clear where each selection was drawn from. Moreover, each selection is prefixed with the exact page numbers referenced to the Collected Works. There is an appendix of the Chronology of Jung's Life and Work. Further, there is a very useful glossary of Jung's terminology. This is followed by a detailed bibliography. There is a full index. There are several black and white pages illustrating mandalas.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stor has done a wonderful thing in presenting Jung's voluminous works in a single volume. Although the content may at times be intimidating, the sections flow easily enough. If you are going to read any book this year, then this should be the one. Jung makes it absolutely clear the challenge that faces the modern mind, caught between reason and faith. In the last section he gives due emphasis to the struggle between the individual and the state. In short, this book is true wisdom for all to meditate upon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Boffey on June 11, 2013
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Thematically well organized. Useful appendices. Anthology that allows for following progression of Jung's personal & professional evolution and historical context of his ideation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Kinkade on August 11, 2013
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This is the definitive book for anyone looking to study at the feet of Carl Jung. While it's mostly reprints of his various works, the book begins each section by explaining what Jung was trying to say, and gives context for his different theories. From dreams to personalities to UFOs and even the Bible, he's full of fascinating ideas, more so--in my opinion--than his one-time friend Freud. If you have any interest in philosophy, you owe it to yourself to read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Kelly on November 13, 2014
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A great book and a great start for anyone interested in Carl Jung. The Essential Jung started me down a rabbit hole I'm still exploring today.

It was incredibly enlightening. It expanded on concepts I'd heard of for years (like the shadow), introduced new ones (like the anima/animus) and generally made me think about human behavior in a completely different way.

I highly, highly recommend this book.
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