Synopses & Reviews
Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.
Man and His Symbols
owes its existence to one of Jung's own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history. Completed just before his death by Jung and his associates, it is clearly addressed to the general reader.
Praise for Man and His Symbols
"This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his firsat attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public. . . . What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human beings."--Guardian
"Straighforward to read and rich in suggestion."--John Barkham, Saturday Review Syndicate
"This book will be a resounding success for those who read it."--Galveston News-Tribune
"A magnificent achievement."--Main Currents
"Factual and revealing."--Atlanta Times
The landmark text about the inner workings of the unconscious mind--from the symbolism that unlocks the meaning of our dreams to their effect on our waking lives and artistic impulses--featuring more than a hundred images that break down Carl Jung's revolutionary ideas
"What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society."--The Guardian
"Our psyche is part of nature, and its enigma is limitless."
Since our inception, humanity has looked to dreams for guidance. But what are they? How can we understand them? And how can we use them to shape our lives? There is perhaps no one more equipped to answer these questions than the legendary psychologist Carl G. Jung. It is in his life's work that the unconscious mind comes to be understood as an expansive, rich world just as vital and true a part of the mind as the conscious, and it is in our dreams--those personal, integral expressions of our deepest selves--that it communicates itself to us. A seminal text written explicitly for the general reader, Man and His Symbolsis a guide to understanding the symbols in our dreams and using that knowledge to build fuller, more receptive lives.
Full of fascinating case studies and examples pulled from philosophy, history, myth, fairy tales, and more, this groundbreaking work--profusely illustrated with hundreds of visual examples--offers invaluable insight into the symbols we dream that demand understanding, why we seek meaning at all, and how these very symbols affect our lives. By illuminating the means to examine our prejudices, interpret psychological meanings, break free of our influences, and recenter our individuality, Man and His Symbols proves to be--decades after its conception--a revelatory, absorbing, and relevant experience.
Table of Contents
Approaching the unconscious / Carl G. Jung -- Ancient myths and modern man / Joseph L. Henderson -- The process of individuation / M.-L. von Franz --Symbolism in the visual arts / Aniela Jaffâe --Symbols in an individual analysis / Jolande Jacobi --Science and the unconscious / M.L. Franz.