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Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.12) 2nd ed. Edition
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Jung explains different steps of this process and illustrates them with phases of the symbolic process of alchemic transmutation, leading to integration of the soul and producing alchemyc gold - or in terms of his own concept the result of the process of individuation.
Concrete examples from his own psychiatric experience of dream analysis and monitoring psychological growth very vividly and convincingly illustrate this concept in action.
The book is richly illustrated with authentic alchemic iconography which renders reader authentic atmosphere and taste of ancient art.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in connecting ancient spiritual practices and modern psychological interpretation theories.
p. 3 Even the most unqualified layman thinks he knows all about psychology as the psyche were something that enjoyed the most universal understanding. But anyone who really knows the human psyche will agree with me when I say that it is one of the darkest & most mysterious regions of our experience.
p. 117 paragraph 152. Only a fool is interested in other people's guilt, since he cannot alter it. The wise man learns only from his own guilt.Read more ›
On the other hand, I do highly recommend the print version, which I also own. I've been studying the work of Dr. Jung since 1987, and this work contains many new and useful insights into his thinking about psychology. This is not the place to start with a study of Dr. Jung's work, which is highly complex, very broad, and very deep into the study of the psyche, but it is an important piece of the overall oeuvre.
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
"The Western attitude, with its emphasis on the object, tends to fix the ideal---Christ---in its outward aspect and thus to rob it of its mysterious relation to the inner man. It is this prejudice ... which impels the Protestant interpreters of the Bible to interpret ... the Kingdom of God) as 'among you' instead of 'within you.'" (Pg. 8)
"Accordingly when I say as a psychologist that God is an archetype, I mean by that the 'type' in the psyche... Nothing positive or negative has thereby been asserted about the possible existence of God, any more than the archetype of the 'hero' posits the actual existence of a hero." (Pg. 8)
"Has it not yet been observed that all religious statements contain logical contradictions and assertions that are impossible in principle, that this is in fact the very essence of religious assertion?" (Pg. 15)
"We do not yet possess a general theory of dreams that would enable us to use a deductive method with impunity, any more than we possess a general theory of consciousness from which we can draw deductive conclusions." (Pg.Read more ›
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There were some useful insights, but Jung, like many thinkers on psychology, is in love with his opinions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurence Goldstein
I wish I were smart enough to really get it, but what I do get is amazing.Published 12 months ago by Stuart M McAlpine
Good for christian mystics and others interested in history of the occult in Christianity.Published 16 months ago by NoName
This is a very good book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Jung's views on alchemy and its connection with the individuation process. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Taliesin McKnight