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Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998) was the foremost student of C. G. Jung, with whom she worked closely from 1934 until his death in 1961. A founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, she published widely on subjects including alchemy, dreams, fairy tales, personality types, and psychotherapy.

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  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MNL4DUW
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By Brian H. on January 28, 2008
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This is an important book for those interested in Jungian Psychology. It helps give one a practical understanding of some of the more important themes that come up in therapy. Having read several of von Franz's analyses of fairy tales, and been quite impressed with her sensitivity and depth of understanding, I was looking forward to seeing her principles at work in a practical setting. I was not disappointed. Von Franz was a "thinking" type (unfortunately she died in 1998), and it shows in the quality and clarity of her writing. Many specific examples are included that help keep the theory grounded in the reality of everyday life.

This book is a collection of essays that were published at different times in different journals. The first essay (which takes up about 40% of the book), covers the inferior function. It is a great help to those who are trying to determine their own type and perhaps the types of loved ones. This is important, because understanding types can help you become aware of and anticipate your own and others weaknesses, and deal with them in a constructive manner. Other essays cover active imagination, the nature of transference, projection, group psychology and analysis as a profession. Each essay contains rare insights, refreshing points of view, analyzed dreams and a healthy dose of von Franz's distinctive personality. This book helped me pull together a lot of ideas that were expounded in other books with a narrower focus. Like her other books, it is most rewarding to those who take the time to reflect on what is being said. Together with Edward F. Edinger, von Franz will continue to allow a broader audience to appreciate Jung's genius. Recommended.
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Von Franz's essay on The Inferior Function is rich enough to be food for thought throughout your life, that's how excellent it is. There's a shorter version of the same paper in a different book with an essay on The Feeling Function by James Hillman, but the version in this volume is much more complete. That one paper is worth the price of admission, but since Marie-Louise was a marvel I'd recommend anything she wrote. I've read most all of her work a number of times over the years. But her book on Time just might be a struggle for me forever. The fact that a woman like her existed has kept me going through those difficult times when I felt that all women are surely mad. Ha.

An excellent companion to this essay would be her book 'Shadow and Evil In Fairy Tales'. Re-reading these books throughout my life I think what I've experienced is this: von Franz and other remarkable analysts work with patients who have issues that represent extreme examples of human experience, disturbed as it may be. The analyst's view emerges in their books and lectures. As we live, we have new experiences--not all 'good' by any means--and these provide new personal touchstones which enable us to recognize elements of human psychology that we hadn't seen before. When I re-read a good book like these after ten more years of living, it's even better and more apt than the last time I read it.
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This is a fabulous book. von Franz was a genius like her mentor Jung, but unlike him, she writes crisply and clearly. This volume beautifully addresses the main topics of Jungian psychology and provides insights sometimes difficult to glean from Jung's "Collected Works." Many of her observations and explanations are gems and greatly elucidate the topics addressed:

INDIVIDUATION & DREAMS (definitions, examples, value of):
p. 6: Every time a dream interpretation hits the mark, a piece of the unconscious is joined with consciousness, or else an autonomous complex is joined with the rest of the personality. In this way a continuously repeating process of coniunctio takes place.

THE INFERIOR FUNCTION & JUNGIAN TYPOLOGY (for understanding others & in individuation):
p. 16=Intro., 62=ES, 71=IS, 78-ET, 85=IT, 91=EN, 99=IN, 106=EF, 114=IF, 117=& Unconscious, 132=& Archetypes [E=extrovert, I=introvert, S=sensate, N=intuitive, F=feeling, and T=thinking]
p. 28: When the time comes for the development of the other functions, there are generally several phenomena: the superior function degenerates like an old car which begins to run down and get worn out, the ego becomes bored with the superior function, because everything you can do well becomes boring, and beyond that the inferior function, instead of appearing in its own field, tends to invade the main function, giving it an unadapted neurotic twist.
p. 33: If people have already reached the stage of being bored with their main function, they very often assure you with absolute certainty that they belong to the type opposite what they really are. The extravert swears that he is deeply introverted, and vice versa.
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As always with Von Franz her writing is clear, concise and direct. No room for confusion here. With the book presented as a series of lectures it allows for ease of reading if one has limited time. One for the permanent collection.
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One of the best collections of her essays. "The Inferior Function" is worth the price of the book alone for this essay is the best exposition of Jungian typology I've read - including the author's own book on the subject.
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