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On Jung Paperback – October 24, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
According to Stevens, Carl Jung's search for forceful father figures was brought on by his parents' failings; his love-at-first-sight meeting with his wife was a "classic case of anima projection"; and his midlife breakdown was an archetypal journey. "Brimming with fresh insights, this Jungian biography of Jung throws sharp light on the inner recesses of his psyche," said PW. Illustrated.
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In On Jung, Anthony Stevens offers an informative and clear explanation of the basic principles of Jungian psychology.... Stevens skillfully employs object relations theory in his analysis.... His treatment of the history of Jung's family and the impact of its dynamics on Jung's personality is refreshingly honest."--John-Raphael Staude, The Times Literary Supplement
Top customer reviews
Before reading this book, I had already read several books on Jung, including Anthony Stevens book in the very short introduction series (VSI). In fact, because I liked the latter, I decided to buy another of his books on Jung. I think it is fair to say that this book is written in the same style as the VSI: it makes rather light reading, avoids too much jargon where possible, but at the same time "On Jung" definitely goes into more depth than the VSI. Which is a good thing because the VSI was meant as a VSI only.
"On Jung" has two interwoven pieces of content: first it describes the various stages of life as seen from a Jungian perspective, and simultaneously it gives short biographic sketches of Jung's own life as an illustration of Jung's theory. It will be no surprise that the two are found to fit each other very well. This double format comes across as very didactical to me: each Jungian concept is explained in two different ways so to say.
Bottom line: I enjoyed the book, it helped me to better understand Jung's psychology. Perhaps now I even feel prepared enough to start reading some of Jung's own books (which have the reputation of difficult to read)!
Recommendation: for readers completely new to Jung, I would recommend a shorter more-introductory text first, e.g. Stevens VSI; "On Jung" is excellent as a second book, for those who already know something on Jung. If you are more interested in a biography, I would defintely recommend Jung's own "Memories, Dreams, Reflections".