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"This book became a landmark, set up on the spot where two ways divided. Because of its imperfections and its incompleteness it laid down the program to be followed for the next few decades of my life." Thus wrote C. G. Jung about his most famous and influential work, the one that marked the beginning of his divergence from the psychoanalytic school of Freud. In this book Jung explores the fantasy system of Frank Miller, the young American woman whose account of her poetic and vivid mental images helped lead him to his redefinition of libido while encouraging his explorations in mythology. Published in 1912 as Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido, this is a key text for the study of the formation of Jung's ideas and for understanding his personal and psychological condition during this crucial time. Miller's fantasies, with their mythological implications, supported Jung's notion that libido is not primarily sexual energy, as Freud had described it, but rather psychic energy in general, which springs from the unconscious and appears in consciousness as symbols. Jung shows how libido organizes itself as a metaphorical "hero," who first battles for deliverance from the "mother," the symbol of the unconscious, in order to become conscious, then returns to the unconscious for renewal. Jung's analytical commentary on these fantasies is a complex study of symbolic parallels derived from mythology, religion, ethnology, art, literature, and psychiatry, and foreshadows his fundamental concept of the collective unconscious and its contents, the archetypes.

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"This book became a landmark, set up on the spot where two ways divided. Because of its imperfections and its incompleteness it laid down the program to be followed for the next few decades of my life." Thus wrote C. G. Jung about his most famous and influential work, the one that marked the beginning of his divergence from the psychoanalytic school of Freud. In this book Jung explores the fantasy system of Frank Miller, the young American woman whose account of her poetic and vivid mental images helped lead him to his redefinition of libido while encouraging his explorations in mythology. Published in 1912 as Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido, this is a key text for the study of the formation of Jung's ideas and for understanding his personal and psychological condition during this crucial time. Miller's fantasies, with their mythological implications, supported Jung's notion that libido is not primarily sexual energy, as Freud had described it, but rather psychic energy in general, which springs from the unconscious and appears in consciousness as symbols. Jung shows how libido organizes itself as a metaphorical "hero," who first battles for deliverance from the "mother," the symbol of the unconscious, in order to become conscious, then returns to the unconscious for renewal. Jung's analytical commentary on these fantasies is a complex study of symbolic parallels derived from mythology, religion, ethnology, art, literature, and psychiatry, and foreshadows his fundamental concept of the collective unconscious and its contents, the archetypes.

About the Author

William McGuire, a writer and editor, has edited The Freud/Jung Letters and was executive editor of The Collected Works of C. G. Jung (both Princeton). Eugene I. Taylor is on the Executive Faculty at the Saybrook Institute. He is also Lecturer of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Senior Psychologist on the Psychiatry Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of several books, including William James on Consciousness beyond the Margin (Princeton).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xv

Foreword, by Eugene Taylor xvii

Introduction, by William McGuire xxvii

Translator's Note xliii

Author's Note xlv

PART I

Introduction 5

Chapter 1. Concerning the Two Kinds of Thinking 9

Chapter 2. The Miller Phantasies 37

Chapter 3. The Hymn of Creation 43

Chapter 4. The Song of the Month 76

PART II

Chapter 1. Aspects of the Libido 115

Chapter 2. The Conception and the Genetic Theory of Libido 125

Chapter 3. The Transformation of the Libido. A Possible Source of Primitive Human Discoveries 139

Chapter 4. The Unconscious Origin of the Hero 168

Chapter 5. Symbolism of the Mother and of Rebirth 202

Chapter 6. The Battle for Deliverance from the Mother 266

Chapter 7. The Dual Mother Role 294

Cahpter 8. The Sacrifice 369

Index 415

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691090252
Translator:
Hinkle, B. M.
Introduction:
McGuire, William
Introduction by:
McGuire, William
Introduction:
McGuire, William
Author:
Jung, Carl Gustav
Author:
McGuire, William
Author:
Li, A-M
Author:
Hinkle, Beatrice M.
Author:
McGuire, Wil
Author:
JUNG, C.G.
Author:
Hinkle, B. M.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Mother and child
Subject:
Symbolism
Subject:
Subconsciousness
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and literature
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Psychopathology - Compulsive Behavior
Subject:
Movements - Jungian
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Collected Works of C.G. Jung - Supplements
Series Volume:
107-20220
Publication Date:
October 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 22 oz

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