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Jung on Active Imagination

1st Edition

By C.G. Jung

Edited by Joan Chodorow


208 pages

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Jung's discovery of active imagination is one of the most important milestones in his personal and professional life. Prompted by the trauma of his break up with Freud, he developed a method of self healing which later formed the basis of his analytic practice and is now regarded as the origin of non-directive psychotherapy and creative arts therapies.

Jungian analyst, Joan Chodorow brings together a key selection of Jung's writings. In her introduction to this selection of his writings Joan Chodorow explains clearly Jung's method of focusing the conscious mind on unconscious processes as a means of achieving self-knowledge and individuation.


"At last we have a collection of Jung's writings together in one clearly designed book. A valuable aid to research and writing on this important and creative Jungian subject. An outstanding contribution."

- Shelia Powell, Training Analyst in Private Practice

"This book is a treasure trove of Jung’s thoughts and ideas around Active Imagination and I found myself delighting in numerous new insights and discoveries. For example, I found the story of the patient who couldn’t grasp what active imagination was, until one day he found himself looking at a travel poster of a railway station and found himself fantasying about the poster, imagining walking into the poster and that he could walk up the hill and see what was on the other side, highly illuminating."

-Tasha Tollman, Centre of Applied Jungian Studies

About the Author/Editor

Joan Chodorow is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, an analyst in private practice and a registered dance therapist.

About the Series

Jung On

In the Jung On series, leading scholars and analysts bring together a key selection of Jung’s writings on a broad range of topics. Books in the series establish a clear framework and include the most significant passages from across Jung’s oeuvre, enabling the reader to get the most out of the contents.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian