Modern Man in Search of a Soul

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1933 - Psychology - 282 pages
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A provocative and enlightening look at spiritual unease and its contribution to the void in modern civilization


Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. Additionally, Jung looks at the differences between his theories and those of Sigmund Freud, providing a valuable basis for anyone interested in the fundamentals of psychoanalysis.


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Well, it took me over a year, but I'm glad that I stuck with this. I have a fascination with Jung's ideas, many of which are still surprisingly relevant. The final chapter, "Psychotherapists or the ... Read full review

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What is this? Essentially eleven 40-page essays in which I see Jung essentially arguing that the fall of religion and rise of modern society has left us spiritually starved and that it is to some ... Read full review

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Dream Analysis in Its Practical Application
Problems of Modern Psychotherapy
The Aims of Psychotherapy
A Psychological Theory of Types
The Stages of Life
Freud and JungContrasts
Archaic Man
Psychology and Literature
The Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology
The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man
Psychotherapists or the Clergy

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Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland on July 26, 1875. He originally set out to study archaeology, but switched to medicine and began practicing psychiatry in Basel after receiving his degree from the University of Basel in 1902. He became one of the most famous of modern psychologists and psychiatrists. Jung first met Sigmund Freud in 1907 when he became his foremost associate and disciple. The break came with the publication of Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious (1912), which did not follow Freud's theories of the libido and the unconscious. Jung eventually rejected Freud's system of psychoanalysis for his own "analytic psychology." This emphasizes present conflicts rather than those from childhood; it also takes into account the conflict arising from what Jung called the "collective unconscious"---evolutionary and cultural factors determining individual development. Jung invented the association word test and contributed the word complex to psychology, and first described the "introvert" and "extrovert" types. His interest in the human psyche, past and present, led him to study mythology, alchemy, oriental religions and philosophies, and traditional peoples. Later he became interested in parapsychology and the occult. He thought that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) might be a psychological projection of modern people's anxieties. He wrote several books including Studies in Word Association, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, and Psychology and Alchemy. He died on June 6, 1961 after a short illness.

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