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2nd Edition

Psychology and Alchemy

ISBN 9781315725369
Published December 18, 2014 by Routledge
618 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to the Religious and Psychological Problems of Alchemy; Part II Individual Dream Symbolism in Relation to Alchemy; pt2ch1 Introduction; pt2ch2 The Initial Dreams; pt2ch3 The Symbolism of The Mandala; Part III Religious Ideas in Alchemy; pt3ch1 Basic Concepts of Alchemy; pt3ch2 The Psychic Nature of the Alchemical Work; pt3ch3 The Work; pt3ch4 The Prima Materia; pt3ch5 The Lapis-Christ Parallel; pt3ch6 Alchemical Symbolism in the History of Religion;

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C. G. Jung


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