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1st Edition

The Jung Reader

Edited By

David Tacey

ISBN 9780415589840
Published May 4, 2012 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Carl Gustav Jung was the pioneering founder of analytical psychology, a form of analysis that has revolutionised the approach to mental illness and the study of the mind. In this anthology, David Tacey brings together a selection of Jung's essays from his famous Collected Works. 

Divided into four parts, each with a brand new introduction, this book considers 17 of Jung’s most important papers covering:

  • the nature of the psyche
  • archetypes
  • religion and culture
  • therapy and healing.

This accessible collection is essential reading for undergraduates on analytical psychology courses, those on psychotherapy training courses, and students studying symbolism and dreams, or archetypal approaches to literature, cinema, religious studies, sociology or philosophy. The text is an informative introduction for general readers as well as analysts and academics who want to learn more about C. G. Jung's contribution to psychoanalysis, and how his ideas are still extremely relevant in the world today.

Table of Contents

General Introduction. Chronology of Jung's Life and Work. Part I: The Nature of the Psyche. Introduction. Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology. The Role of the Unconscious. The Stages of Life. The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious. Part II: Archetypes. Introduction. On the Concept of the Archetype. Phenomenology of the Self: The Ego, the Shadow, Anima and Animus, the Self. The Psychology of the Child Archetype. Part III: Religion and Culture. Introduction. The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man. Psychology and Religion: The Autonomy of the Unconscious. Preface: Answer to Job. Psychology and Literature. The Difference Between Eastern and Western Thinking. Part IV: Therapy and Healing. Introduction. The Aims of Psychotherapy. On Synchronicity. A Psychological Theory of Types. The Transcendent Function. Healing the Split.

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David Tacey is a Professor in the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


"This book is extremely readable. It makes available a selection of important readings from Jung’s original writings, places them in an historical context, as well as bringing them into the present... I would highly recommend this book to training candidates, analysts, and in fact anyone interested in the work of C.G. Jung." - Philippa Colinese, Mantis, 2012