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Well Worth the Effort,
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This review is from: The Symbolic Quest (Paperback)
Having just finished Whitmont's Symbolic Quest, I have to admit it is not easy (which is why I had to give it four stars instead of five). Yes, sections need to be read and re-read to understand his "explanations" of Jungian analytical psychology. Often this is to explain why Jung used the terminology he did (often invented). Nonetheless, if one is careful and 'conscious' while reading it (to describe how the book should be read, as opposed to carelessly or even quickly for that matter), then one will find within a beautiful and concise description of the basic tenets of Jungian psychology: the objective psyche, the anima and animus (and the difference, as well as the newest interpretations), the ego, and the Self. The definition (and exposition) of Archetypes finally became totally understandable, especially from Jung's point of view, and therapy no longer becomes simply a method of 'repair', but becomes more of a scientific endeavor of discovery. As an anthropologist who has read a good portion of Jung, I found the book, yes, intricate, but well worth the effort. As I told a friend, I will keep this in my ever-wandering and disparate traveling library, to either reference or read again someday. Unlike other books that are just plain enjoyable, I will not be giving this one away.