Jung: A Very Short Introduction

by Anthony Stevens

  • Jung: A Very Short Introduction

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Jung's relations with Freud and the contrasts between their psychologies form a fascinating backdrop to this accessible, authoritative but, above all, very readable little book.

Though he was a prolific writer and an original thinker of vast erudition, Jung lacked a gift for clear exposition and his ideas are less widely appreciated than they deserve. In this concise introduction, Anthony Stevens explains clearly the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individuation of the Self. He examines Jung's views on such disparate subjects as myth, religion, alchemy, 'synchronicity', and the psychology of gender differences, and he devotes separate chapters to the stages of life, Jung's theory of psychological types, the interpretation of dreams, the practice of Jungian analysis, and to the unjust allegation that Jung was a Nazi sympathizer. Finally, he argues that Jung's visionary powers and profound spirituality have helped many to find an alternative set of values to the arid materialism prevailing in Western society.

  • Author: Anthony Stevens
  • ISBN: 9780192854582
  • 176 pages
  • Paperback
  • Printed in United Kingdom