Jung The Key Ideas: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Jung The Key Ideas: A Teach Yourself GuideJung--The Key Ideas: A Teach Yourself Guide by Ruth Snowden
Published by McGraw-Hill Education on 2011-02-01
Genres: General, Jungian, Movements, Psychology, Reference, Social Science
Pages: 224
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A simple way to understand the complex ideas of Jung, Jung The Key Ideas will quickly familiarise you with the revolutionary thinking of this famous man. It will teach you all the essential concepts, from the collective unconscious to archetypes in dreams. Expressing Jung's sometimes complex ideas in simple terms, and backed up with references to his own texts, this book gives you everything you need to know.

Includes: One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience, tests in the book to keep track of one's progress, coverage of all the key ideas, from the anima and animus to the collective unconscious, explanations of complex concepts in plain, simple terms.

Topics includes: Jung's life and career; Early influences; Jung's inner world; Exploring the psyche; The journey of the psyche; Dreams and symbols; The personality and relationships; The esoteric and the paranormal; Religion and spirituality; Jung the visionary.

This book is my first introduction to Jungian psychotherapy and proved a great introduction. Whilst reinforcing concepts I’m sure most of us are familiar with already, e.g. the duality of introversion and extraversion, the parts I enjoyed the most were when recent revelations I’ve only recently discovered about myself where introduced in the book as topics, when I was able to relate to Jung’s work.

I enjoyed reading about Jung’s observations as he traveled and explored non-western societies. It’s easy to get caught up in progress but at what cost? According to Jung the driven attitude and suppression of emotion that characterises modern Western culture has been gained at the expense of the intensity of how we now live. Something anyone who has had to get out of bed at 5am to do a 2 hour commute, only to return at 8pm in the evening, before bed at 9pm, can relate to!

This book is a fantastic introduction in to Jung’s work, psychotherapy in general and the man himself.

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