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"The papers included in this volume present an enlightening view of Jung himself and his many-faceted outlook on life."--Review of Religion

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Dr. Jung has made a unique contribution to the psychology of childhood in this collection of eight papers and has gone far in applying modern analytical concepts to educational theory and practice.
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  • Series: Collected Works of C.G. Jung (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; reprint edition (October 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691018383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691018386
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOVE this book. It is very helpful as an introduction to personality development. I do recommend getting case studies by Jung to expand more on the topics in this book. You can go either way with the details; child psychology or development of personality. His writing is very clear, he uses examples to help get his point accross. This is a very good read and I highly recommend this book and seller.
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Very insightful writing by C J Jung, he was most advanced on his of thinking parenting, if you want to understand your own self,a partner,a child,a parent or friend.....go back and learn about their early formative years. This book will help you to navigate that journey.
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Jung wrote in the Foreword to the Second Edition, "The point of view adopted in this work is psycho-biological. It is naturally not the only one possible, as indeed there are several others. Thus, more in accord with the spirit of Freudian psychology, this little piece of child psychology could be regarded from the purely hedonistic standpoint, the psychological process being conceived as a movement dominated by the pleasure principle... I have been content to steer a middle course that keeps to the psycho-biological method of observation, without attempting to subordinate the material to this or that hypothetical key principle."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"Theories in psychology are the very devil. It is true that we need certain points of view for their orienting and heuristic velue; but they should always be regarded as mere auxiliary concepts that can be laid aside at any time." (Pg. 7)
"Freud's particular merit lies not in the actual discovery of unconscious activity, but in unveiling the real nature of this activity, and above all in working out a practical method for exploring the unconscious." (Pg. 67)
"Before Freud nothing was allowed to be sexual, now everything is nothing but sexual." (Pg. 84)
"(I)n America civic life appeals to the intelligence and expects an intelligent response, whereas in Europe it plans for stupidity." (Pg. 135)
"The Church represents a higher spiritual substitute for the purely natural, or 'carnal,' tie to the parents. Consequently it frees the individual from an unconscious natural relationship which, strictly speaking, is not a relationship at all but simply a condition of inchoate, unconscious identity." (Pg. 158)
"Moreover, there are dreams that defy every effort at interpretation. Often the only possible thing is to hazard a guess." (Pg. 163)
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The book is full of excellent advice and insights if the reader has in mind that the material is about a century old. The core of what Jung wrote here is still impressively relevant, though of course some things are outdated.
If you're interested in education and jungian psychology and is not particularly knowledgeable of both, then this is highly recommended. Straightforward and not too scholarly or dense.
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Jung essentially ceded developmental psychology to Freud et al. Piaget is well-known in this arena--though he isn't any easier to read than Jung IMHO. But, if you are deeply interested in Jung, you'll want to read the entire Collected Works (0691074763), the 3 books of Letters (one is 1/2 Freud--ed. McGuire, the other 2 ed. Adler & Jaffe), his autobiography (Memories, Dreams, Reflections) with Jaffe, his interviews (C. G. Jung Speaking, ed. McGuire), & "Man & His Symbols" with some of his major students--made for a more general audience. I did get a couple of good quotes from this book: p. 42 "Parents should always be conscious of the fact that they themselves are the principal cause of neurosis in their children" & p. 87 "Fanaticism is always a compensation for hidden doubt."
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