Memories, Dreams, Reflections
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Memories, Dreams, Reflections

By (author) C. G. Jung , Volume editor Aniela Jaffe , Translated by Richard Winston , Translated by Clara Winston

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'I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings. It is these that make up the singularity of my life, and with these my autobiography deals' - Carl Gustav Jung. In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung began writing his life story. But what began as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking. The result is an absorbing piece of self-analysis: a frank statement of faith, philosophy and principles from one of the great explorers of the human mind. Covering everything from Sigmund Freud, analytical psychology and Jungian dream interpretation to a forthright discussion of Christianity and the existence of God, these final reflections on an extraordinary life are a fitting coda to the work of Carl Gustav Jung.

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 34mm | 140.61g
  • 06 Mar 1995
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Fontana Press
  • London
  • English
  • 8pp plates, bibliography, index
  • 0006540279
  • 9780006540274
  • 7,561

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Carl Gustav Jung was one of the great psychologists of the 20th century. He was the father of analytical psychology and radically changed the way in which insanity is both perceived and treated. He was the author of, among many other works, 'Psychology of the Unconscious' (1912) and 'Psychological Types' (1921). He died in 1961.

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'Jung's single-minded humility, his passion to unearth truth, is one of the loveliest impressions to emerge from this absorbing and many-sided book.' The Times 'He was on a giant scale ... he was a master physician of the soul in his insights, a profound sage in his conclusions. He is also one of Western Man's great liberators.' J. B. Priestley, Sunday Telegraph 'Can sometimes rise to the heights of a Blake or a Nietzsche or a Kierkegaard ... like any true prophet or artist he extended the range of the human imagination ... to be able to share Jungian emotions is surely an almost necessary capacity of the free mind.' Polly Toynbee, Observer

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In his later years, C. G. Jung sums up the meaning of his life in the light of his own psychological researches, partly in conversations recorded, amplified and edited by his secretary and partly in chapters written by himself on "Childhood and Youth", a trip to Kenya and Uganda, "Life after Death", and "Late Thoughts". The influence he ascribes to manifestations of the unconscious on his own inner development, on the turning-points of his career, and on his theoretic affirmations will inevitably tend to widen the rift between him and those who see the unconscious chiefly as the repository of repressed instincts. To those open to his concept of the fruitful interaction of the conscious and unconscious, the book, especially the account of his dreams during his nearly fatal illness in 1944, will be of tremendous interest. The writing is simple and direct and makes easy reading wherever the subject permits. The translation is excellent. Certainly for initiates, a classic confession from a psychoanalytic pioneer whose concepts have been largely displaced in modern therapeutic application, but whose stature remains undiminished. (Kirkus Reviews)

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