How to Read Jung

How to Read Jung

How to Read Jung

How to Read Jung


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“The world today hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.”—Carl Gustav Jung

The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as C. G. Jung's dynamic vision of the self, pitted against an ailing Western civilization.

Jung was the original anti-psychiatrist, who believed that the real patient was not the suffering individual, but a sick and ailing Western civilization. His true aim, in all of his work, was a therapy of the West.

David Tacey introduces the reader to Jung’s unique style and approach, which is at once scientific and prophetic. He explores the radical themes at the core of Jung’s psychology, and interprets the dynamic vision of the whole self that inspires and motivates Jung’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393329537
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2007
Series: How to Read
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 813,892
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Tacey is Associate Professor of English and Reader in Psychoanalytic Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is the author of eight books on psychoanalysis and cultural studies, including Jung and the New Age and The Spirituality Revolution and co-editor (with Ann Casement) of The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives.

Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Book of Dead Philosophers, Bowie, and Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword     vi
Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction     1
The Language of Symbols and Dreams     9
The Second Self     23
The Underground God     33
Myth, Consciousness and the Stages of Life     43
The Dark Side in Individuals and Nations     53
Gender and Archetype     63
Neurosis, Therapy and Individuation     74
The Spiritual Dimension of Healing     84
Secular Society and the Perils of the Soul     94
Present Tense, Future Tentative     105
Notes     116
Chronology     120
Suggestions for Further Reading     122
Index     126
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