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The Undiscovered Self: The Dilemma of the Individual in Modern Society Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2006
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About the Author
Carl Gustav Jung was, together with Freud and Adler, one of the three great pioneers in modern psychiatry. He was born in 1865 in Switzerland, where he studied medicine and psychiatry and later became one of Sigmund Freud’s early supporters and collaborators. Eventually, serious theoretical disagreements (among them Jung’s view of the religious instinct in man) led to a doctrinal and personal break between the two famed psychiatrists. Dr. Jung was the author of many books, and he lived and practiced for many years in his native Zurich. He died in 1961.
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I recommend this book for my friends who love psychology, type theory, coaching and spirituality.
Jung claims no easy pattern or theory for interpreting dreams and the symbols they use. Instead, he advises the first task for the professional psychologist is to understand "the dreamer," and that involves a lot of listening, NOT a lot of one-way interpretation. It reminds me a lot of what we are taught as professional coaches.
Jung cautions that our psyche, our unconscious, and our dream symbols are the last frontier, so to speak, yet one that our "scientific, reasonable society" ignores at its own peril.
He has started me feeling something new, and I've already purchased my next Jung eBook!
THe 1956 book is underlined by the collapse of true Soviet empire in Hungary, which happened at the same time as the Egyptian closing of the Suez Canal, and its rescue for international shopping by what he ironically calls, "the Charge of the Light Brigade" of the Israeli army to re-open this major shipping Channel, from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and back. Was this an effect lot a continuing cause of modern man's continuing lack of a discovered, fully individual Self, still in the grip of the "mass man," which to Jung was a major cause of the Second World War, still fresh in European affairs? It is, of course, difficult to untangle one's thinking from this combination of historical events, although it is equally obvious that the discovery of one's true self continues to the present day, with the continuation of nationalism and the claim of American exceptionalism as the current day's news continues in a drumbeat of victories and defeats in the pursuit of al-Quaeda by drone warfare?.
The two works, together, work as an exceptional introduction to Jung's thought, where the translations perhaps reduce Jung from the knotted difficulty of his German composition. Some readers do not see it that way; you will be the judge for yourself.
I'm not clear on why the title of the original essay "Present and Future" was changed, but I can also see the appeal to the more do-it-yourself/new age holistic/self-healing crowd. I just hope this little gem isn't overlooked by those desperate to avoid appearing as one of those in the new age movement.
Highly recommended especially in discussion groups or with others so as to gain a better insight into his thoughts and thus into yourself.
The simplest of questions and some of the most complex ones are explored and answered in this book; I use it to examine me and as a reference text.
Steven D. Brown.