- Series: Collected Works of C.G. Jung (Book 10)
- Hardcover: 632 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691097623
- ISBN-13: 978-0691097626
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Civilization in Transition (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 10) 2nd Edition
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Further, Jung repeatedly notes the dangers of groups-- p. 200 "the devastating moral and psychic effects of living together in huge masses," p. 228 "Any large company composed of wholly admirable persons has the morality and intelligence of an unwieldy, stupid, and violent animal," & p. 500 "A collection of a hundred Great Brains makes one big fathead" (one of Jung's favorite expressions).
This is, I think, the context for at least this volume, & is a specific instance of the general observation that p. 153 "No one who does not know himself can know others and in each of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves." Further, p. 138 "For primitive egoism, however, the standing rule is that it is never `I' who must change, but always the other fellow," p. 447 "Because most people are devoid of self-criticism, permanent self-deception is the rule," p. 181 "We always rediscover our unconscious psychic contents in other people," & p. 82 "It is, however, true that much of the evil in the world comes from the fact that man in general is hopelessly unconscious." Thus, to Jung, individuation=self-knowledge is the goal. This includes both integration of split off contents (the shadow), withdrawing unconscious projections, & attuning with the anima/animus via the transcendent function to connect with the Self. This is one of my favorite books in the Collected Works.
AFTER THE CATASTROPHE: One of Jung's all-time greatest essays. Jung does an excellent job explaining the psychological and theological implications of the holocaust.
THE FIGHT WITH THE SHADOW: Continues in the same direction as _After the Catastrophe_; this is another truly profound and fascinationg essay, dealing with the evil forces lurking deep within man.
WOTAN: Part three of Jung's holy triptich on the evil of man. Examines the violent history of the German people and the mythological precursers which foreshadowed Germany's tragic fate.
CIVILIZATION IN TRANSITION also contains the famous essay, THE UNDISCOVERED SELF. This essay has been described as a study on society and politics, but it struck me as much more universal and well rounded, dealing with intense, far-reaching philosophical and theological issues. THE UNDISCOVERED SELF is a perfect example of Jung's bold adventures into the realms of philosophy, politics, and religion, rightly recognizing that these issues are inextricably intertwined with human psychology. This essay is available by itself in paperback form, but it is probably wiser to buy the full length CIVILIZATION IN TRANSITION because the afformentioned essays on evil are alone worth the price of the volume.
Although CIVILIZATION IN TRANSITION contains many other useful essays (such as "Women in Europe", which is still very relevant and insightful), the last one I will mention here is FLYING SAUCERS: A MODERN MYTH OF THINGS SEEN IN THE SKY. I was very sceptical of this essay at first, because I thought it would contain Jung's characteristic rantings and ravings regarding his pet "archetypes", but really this essay is quite good. Jung describes several of his patients' dreams involving flying saucers, and I found these dream sequences to be absolutely fascinating and even potentially revelatory. FLYING SAUCERS is much better than most of Jung's works regarding archetypal dreams and visions.
Overall, CIVILIZATION IN TRANSITION is one of the most useful of the collected works. And unlike some of the collected works, you can read this one cover to cover without skipping anything. Every last page of CIVILIZATION IN TRANSITION is Jung at his very best.