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C.G. Jung Speaking Paperback – February 1, 1987
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Why is "C.G. Jung Speaking" a must?
FIRST OF ALL, simply because the Collected Works doesn't include the information found here. These are not works of Jung, but the works of others--interviews, characterizations etc. In other words, you will find some information here which you could only dig out with great difficulty, scattered in numerous works.
SECOND, in the interviews Jung is sometimes caught off-guard by a surprise question, and so, forced to develop on the aspects of his theories that he may perhaps have though self-explanatory.
THIRD, you see Jung through the eyes of others -- Esther Harding, Charles Baudoin, Michael Fordham, Charles Lindbergh, and others.
Some subjects, touched upon in this book:
- Jung's own type, according to his typology (Introvert. And Thinking, Intuition, Sensing/Perception, and Feeling, in that order)
- Freud's type (extravert--hence his pleasure principle)
- Adler's type (introvert--hence his power complex)
- The psychology of dictators (Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, and, yes, Roosewelt)
- The nature of intuition
- introvert vs. extravert intuitives
- Creative achievement
- Jung's breaking with Freud.
- Jung and Nazism/anti-Semitism (Jung defends himself in December 1949)
And the somewhat transcendent questions:
- death and life after death
- astrology and alchemy
Edited by William McGuire, executive editor of the Collected Works (CW), in collaboration with R.F.C. Hull, translater of CW, it is no surprise to find that this excellent book contains numerous references to CW, as well as a comprehensive index.
C.G. Jung Speaking is a chronological series of interviews and encounters including several kinds of testimony from Jung and about him. Each segment is introduced and given a context ranging from a boyhood memoir of his friend Albert Oeri to six months before his death on June 6, 1961 when he met with the diplomat Miguel Serrano. Topics range from a Cosmopolitan article Diagnosing the Dictators to a discussion with Charles Lindberg on Flying Saucers.
The following is a sample from an informal talk titled Is Analytical Psychology a Religion?
"We all must do just what Christ did. We must make our experiment. We must make mistakes. We must live our own vision of life...People call me a religious leader. I am not that. I have no message, no mission; I attempt only to understand. We are philosophers in the old sense of the word, lovers of wisdom."
Much misunderstood and maligned, Dr. Jung has been described elsewhere as atheist, a mystic, occultist, prophet, poet, polygamist, misogynist, con-man, anti-Semite, racist, psychotic, guru, Gnostic, and American spy.
As my Zurich training analyst, A.R.Pope remarked: "It is always better to get information from the horse's mouth rather than the other end."
Some of the most important quotes concern knowledge of self & others despite considerable resistance to it: p. 244 "Men are inclined to resent any interference with their way of thinking and their hidebound convictions" & p. 248 "We must begin to learn about man until every Jekyll can see his Hyde." Further, pp. 129-130 "you always become the thing you fight the most...When you fight a thing you have to get very close to it, it is likely to infect you." Others address differences: p. 194 "different nationalities and different races have different outlooks and different psychologies" & p.Read more ›
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
"Why is it so difficult to believe that each of us has two souls? When a man is fifty years old, only one part of his being has existed for half a century. The other part, which also lives in his psyche, may be millions of years old." (Pg. 57)
"Out of my experience with those thousands of patients, I have become convinced that the psychological problem of today is a spiritual problem, a religious problem." (Pg. 68)
"Ten percent of the German population today are hopeless psychopaths." (Pg. 152)
"For fifteen years I studied alchemy, but I never spoke to anyone about it; I did not wish to influence my patients or my fellow workers by suggestion." (Pg. 227-228)
"I am not interested in anything that transcends the psychological content of human experience... But on the psychological level I have to do with religious experiences which have a structure and a symbolism that can be interpreted. For me, religious experience is real, is true." (Pg. 229)
"Man's soul is a complicated thing and its takes sometimes half a lifetime to get somewhere in one's psychological development." (Pg. 255)
"Every disease has a psychological accompaniment, and it all depends ... on whether you treat such a patient psychologically in the proper way or not." (Pg. 333)
"It makes little difference what I call it: God, Tao, the Great Voice, the Great Spirit. But for people of our time God is the most comprehensible name with which to designate the Power beyond us." (Pg. 419)
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Historic material that is an pillar of modern thinking. CG Jung is presented in his own words.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best book I have read about (and by) C G Jung because it gives a feel for what it would be like to meet him in person. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by antaeaventura
I found this book fascinating and will read it again soon. I have read many books on Jung. This one gives a more personal view of this great man, while at the same time offering... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Kiwi
It is a facinating and revealing insight into the history of the evolvement of psychology/psychyiatry in the difficult times spanning
the times of the Great War ! Read more