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Psychology and Alchemy




ISBN 9780415034524
Published January 30, 1981 by Routledge
624 Pages

 
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Alchemy is central to Jung's hypothesis of the collective unconscious. In this volume he begins with an outline of the process and aims of psychotherapy, and then moves on to work out the analogies between alchemy, Christian dogma and symbolism and his own understanding of the analytic process.

Introducing the basic concepts of alchemy, Jung reminds us of the dual nature of alchemy, comprising both the chemical process and a parallel mystical component. He also discusses the seemingly deliberate mystification of the alchemists. Finally, in using the alchemical process as providing insights into individuation, Jung emphasises the importance of alchemy in relating to us the transcendent nature of the psyche.

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For the serious student of Jung, Psychology and Alchemy is a must. For the lay person who is prepared to wrestle with it, it will be rewarding and enlightening. - Changes