- Series: Collected Works of C.G. Jung (Book 28)
- Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd ed. edition (August 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691018332
- ISBN-13: 978-0691018331
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1) Paperback – August 1, 1981
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I spent a great deal of time recording my dreams and fantasies just for fun and the first thing I ever painted as an adult was a Mandalay without realising it. If you are like me this book will blow you away.
It's not an easy read but it does flow. Can't wait to start Aion!
The book is exactly what I needed.
But nonetheless I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone who isn’t familiar with psychological and philosophical concepts. It can sound like gibberish to those unfamiliar with previous works from individuals like Freud etc..
But to all those who read philosophical and psychological texts. I would say this is a must have.
This book is an explanation of some of the more regularly encountered archetypes. The first archetype Jung deals with is the mother, which symbolically represents fertility on many levels, from a plowed field to the alma mater of academic institutions to Kundalini shakti or the primordial generative energy of prakriti or matter. The mother is also represented as the terrible mother as found in the Hindu goddess Kali. Jung goes on to write about the various neuroses that may result when a child identifies their own shadow with their biological mother. It its worse case, this can lead to "Don Juan-ism" in men and hyper-femininity in women. At its best, it leads to compassion and sensitivity in men and a healthy awareness of oneself as mother in women.
Rebirth is another primary archetype whose expressions can be found anywhere from religious beliefs in the afterlife to the journey of the hero in mythology. Jung mentions spiritual cultivation is the process of uncovering this transformative archetype, which is expressed well in Christian mysticism and Hindu Yoga (presumably the Yoga Sutras). Jung gives many examples of dreams in which an individual is confronting their own unconscious so that they can grow beyond their current limited mental state. He also gives the detailed story of a female painter who transferred her religious development into mandala paintings. Jung carefully explains how the patient is dealing with her archetypes by how they are expressed in each of the paintings. Other archetypes covered are the child (new-ness, potential for change, virgin birth, continuation), Persephone (mother-daughter relationship), various quests of fairytales and the trickster figure (the success of non-thinking).
In brief, this book presents plentiful examples in which Jung demonstrates how seemingly universal concepts manifest in patients' psyches. By doing so, Jung gives the reader ample evidence to support his method and theory.