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The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology Paperback – October 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-3631569719 ISBN-10: 3631569718 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften; 4 edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3631569718
  • ISBN-13: 978-3631569719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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«... the most important Jungian book since James Hillman’s ‘Re-Visioning Psychology’». (Michael V. Adams in ‘The Round Table Review’)

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The Author: Wolfgang Giegerich is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice near Munich. He has lectured internationally and is author of numerous books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P. Burwell on September 24, 2013
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When you get a high enough level of abstraction, the dichotomy between the objective and the subjective dissolves. The gulf between Western science and Western art is closed. As Giegerich has put it, "Heaven collapses" (paraphrase).

Giegerich reached this vantage point on the shoulders on Goethe, Nietzsche, and Jung. At this level, "communication" and "logic" become synonyms. This is shocking to the Western intellectual. We are used to "communication" being personal and filled with emotion, while logic is to essentialize to the bare, rigid structure beneath. What Giegerich shows, however, is that logic is an artistic expression--that's the message of the modern internet culture--with its social media, open-source music projects, and even our addiction to computer games.

Logic is communication from "one-to-many" instead of communication from "one-to-one", as we are used to visualizing it.

This process of communication is the culmination of centuries of evolution of the Western soul, and needs our minds' utmost attention. Are we astute enough to listen?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ubaldo Morales Ramos on May 3, 2012
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In 2006, an opportunity to start an idea originally presented in 1998 became a reality. To open a clinic to be lead by a clinician who had dedicated over 20 years helping families belonging to the largest private organization of Vietnam veterans in the island of Puerto Rico, Vietnam Veterans & families Inc.

Clinical and theoretical work began and continued for the next five years (2006-2011). Approximately 1,000-1,500 veterans (and family members), including returning soldiers from the Iraq War were provided with that specific local psychological help. During the 5 years none of its patients committed suicide or complaint about the therapeutic perspective given. It was a success.

Back in 1984, the psychological theory that had best adapted to local observations during clinical interventions had been the Analytic theory of Carl Jung. By 1992 it had been substituted by the Archetypal Theory of the American Psychologist, James Hillman. It was Hillman's theory the one being revised when the 2006 program started. Then, midway through the program, the Philosopher Enrique Eskenazi from Barcelona, Spain advised reading "The Soul's Logical Life". After further theoretical investigation and clinical observations, it became very clear and obvious that the rigorous psychological thought presented by the Psychologist Wolfgang Giegerich in the book titled "The Soul's Logical Life" "melted" to perfection with the clinical observations, displaying what was felt to be a real living psychological theory at last and the team realized that presenting its clinical program backed by Archetypal Psychology theory lacked the precision required to present the successful work done.
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