Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche

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Shambhala, 1997 - Psychology - 405 pages
In this book Jungian analyst Marie-Louise von Franz uses her vast knowledge of myths, fairy tales, dreams, and visions to show how the collective psyche itself has pointed to ways of resolving the modern predicament. She discusses Mercurius, the darkly paradoxical figure from medieval alchemy; the visions of the Swiss mystic Niklaus von Flue; the "unknown visitor" motif in fairy tales; the Cosmic Man as image of the goal of human development; and many archetypal dreams of contemporary people. All of these can be seen as expressions of a collective urge in the West to reintegrate nature and the body, matter and spiritand, ultimately, to help us find our way, individually and collectively, to a renewed unity of being and culture.

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Von Franz worked closely with Carl Jung from 1930 to his death in 1961, assisting and supporting in his life work, particularly in the exploration of alchemy, dreams, and fairy tales. In dozens of ... Read full review


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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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