Ego and Archetype

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Shambhala, Aug 25, 1992 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 304 pages
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This book is about the individual's journey to psychological wholeness, known in analytical psychology as the process of individuation. Edward Edinger traces the stages in this process and relates them to the search for meaning through encounters with symbolism in religion, myth, dreams, and art. For contemporary men and women, Edinger believes, the encounter with the self is equivalent to the discovery of God. The result of the dialogue between the ego and the archetypal image of God is an experience that dramatically changes the individual's worldview and makes possible a new and more meaningful way of life.

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I have rarely read anything containing as much unsubstantiated conjecture at Ego and Archetype. While some of the insights into individuation (particularly the fallacies) were useful, it would appear ... Read full review

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Ego and Archetype, is a book really written to be an aid in the individuals experience of the journey through life. It is really a mistake to read it only academically. It is meant to be referenced when a persons life experience coincides with the archetype. As Buddha said, "You must have the experience! " it's not something that can be taught, only suffered through, and meaning then becomes Real. Through my experience of 30 years with reading and re reading this book as I lived my life, it was like mana for me. Each time I read it, it revealed more.  



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About the author (1992)

Edward F. Edinger, M.D., a founding member of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology in New York, is the author of many books on Jungian psychology, including The Eternal Drama and Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy.