Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Paperback - 1989
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An eye-opening biography of one of the most influential psychiatrists of the modern age, drawing from his lectures, conversations, and own writings.

In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, Carl Gustav Jung undertook the telling of his life story . Memories, Dreams, Reflections is that book, composed of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, as well as chapters written in his own hand, and other materials. Jung continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961, making this a uniquely comprehensive reflection on a remarkable life. Fully corrected, this edition also includes Jung's VII Sermones ad Mortuos .
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1963.
Edition: Vintage books edition, Rev. edition
ISBN: 9780679723950
Characteristics: xiii, 430 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jaffé, Aniela


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" After the completion of THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE UNCONSCIOUS I found myself unable to read a scientific book. This went on for three years. The material brought forth from the unconscious had, almost literally, struck me dumb. I could neither understand it nor give it form. I abandoned my academic career." " It was only toward the end of the first World War that i was able to gradually emerge from the darkness."/ " "As i worked with my fantasies, i became aware that the unconscious undergoes or produces change." "...the unconscious is a PROCESS, and the psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the contents of the unconscious." " In collective life this transformation has left its deposit principally in the various religious systems and their changing symbols." "Through the study of these collective transformation processes and through understanding of alchemical symbolism I have arrived at the central concept of my psychology: THE PROCESS OF INDIVIDUATION." " One thunderstorm followed another. My enduring these storms was a question of brute strength. Others have been shattered by them--Nietzsche, Holderlin, and many others. When i endured these assaults of the unconscious, i had an unswerving conviction that i was obeying a higher will, and that feeling continued to uphold me until i had mastered the task." " Had i left the images concealed by the emotions, hidden, i might have been torn to pieces, by them." " For as long as we don't understand them, the fantasies are a diabolical mixture of the sublime, and the ridiculous." "Only by extreme effort was i able to escape the labyrinth." "There are higher things than the ego's will, and to these, one must bow." "SIEGFRIED represents, i think, what the Germans want to achieve, to heroically impose their will, to have their own way." " Salome is an ANIMA figure. She is blind because she cannot see the meaning of things. Elijah is the figure of the wise old prophet and represents the factor of intelligence and knowledge. Salome, the erotic element."

Apr 17, 2013

It may or may not be psychiatry as we know it (American psychiatry is really just part of the pharmacy industry) but Jung is the best 20th-century thinker on the human condition, maybe the last psychotherapist and personality theorist to grasp the psychology was originally a branch of philosophy and that any real psychotherapy is spiritual healing.

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