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Jung [Paperback]

Anthony Storr
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April 12 1991 0415904110 978-0415904117 1
Carl Gustav Jung first wanted to be an archaeologist. When family finances made this impossible, he pursued a medical degree from Basel University. Considering a specialization in surgery, he stumbled upon a psychiatry book--an event that changed the course of his life and ultimately the whole field of depth psychology.

Anthony Storr looks at these and other telling facts about Jung's life in the opening chapter of this highly acclaimed book. Though fundamentally concerned with Jung's ideas, Storr's approach shows his conviction that "in the realm of dynamic psychology it is impossible to separate ideas from the personality of the man in whom they occurred." His clear and concise review of the whole corpus of Jung's writings always keeps in sight the man behind the work, as each subsequent chapter concentrates on a particular Jungian concept, guiding the reader through the life and ideas of this great thinker.

Storr investigates the major principles of analytical psychology, presenting such central concepts as the collective unconscious, the archetypes, the shadow, and the persona. He looks at Jung's religious turmoil and his inner need to reconcile the opposition between objectivity and subjectivity. He shows how his ideas follow a progression from the intellectual agitation that characterized the young psychologist to the advanced theories of balance and integration found in the mature man. Storr concludes his book with a look at psychotherapy, describing advances as well as problems involved in a practical consideration of Jungian techniques.

Perhaps the most remarkable element of Jung is its illumination of complex concepts--concepts that had they been easily accessible in the original would have caused a wider appreciation of Jung's work. The clarity and order that Storr brings to light in Jung's psychology will come as a welcome surprise to those who have found him an obscure if provocative thinker. Storr's sensitive analysis makes the book compelling reading for everyone interested in Jung, and his clear exposition provides a superior introduction for newcomers, allowing the genius of Jung to appear for the widest possible audience.

First published in 1973, this classic study is now available again. The Routledge edition includes a brief preface in which the author describes his previous work on Jung as well as his meeting with the great Swiss thinker.

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An excellent introduction for students and a piece of scrupulous elucidation for those who are acquainted with Jungs work but find themselves, at times, overpowered by his excesses. Dr. Storr is coolly unpartisan and informative.
Sunday Times

Every page is clear and interesting, taking one closer to understanding why Jungs thought was so profound. Examples, models and case histories are provided.
Economist

Any collection needing an introduction to Jung . . . should consider.
Library Journal, June 15, 1991

About the Author

Anthony Storr is a distinguished British psychiatrist who has published on a wide range of topics in psychology and psychotherapy. His previous books include Solitude: A Return to the Self, and The Art of Psychotherapy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review Sept. 14 2006
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Anthony Storr trained as a Jungian analyst, and this book is an excellent and lucid guide to Jung's ideas, such as the archetypes and the collective unconscious. Storr comes across as supportive to Jung but never blind to the great man's limitations as a communicator. Jung tended to be obscure, which does not help his readers. By contrast, Storr himself was a fine communicator, and his writing style is immensely readable. For anyone new to the subject, this is a very good introduction, and those already familiar with Jung and his ideas will still appreciate and benefit from this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Jung Dec 28 1998
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This is the first book I have read about Jung, specifically, so my comments are those of a neophyte. Forewarned is forearmed. Anyway, I thought this was a very well thought out, cogent presentation of a rather slippery topic. Storr, in my opinion, does a good job of sifting Jungian wheat from chaff; although he is an admirer of Jung, he can be pretty critical. Overall, I thought Storr did a very good job of presenting Jung's thoughts and contributions to theories of divided self, the positive role of myth, etc. The book does raise many questions which it leaves unanswered, but I suspect that is a function of Jung's eclectic philosophy, not Storr's writing style, which I thought was very clear. Overall, a good presentation, in the opinion of this highly unknowledgeable reader (although there are some pre-feminist comments that had me cringing).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Jung Dec 28 1998
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This is the first book I have read about Jung, specifically, so my comments are those of a neophyte. Forewarned is forearmed. Anyway, I thought this was a very well thought out, cogent presentation of a rather slippery topic. Storr, in my opinion, does a good job of sifting Jungian wheat from chaff; although he is an admirer of Jung, he can be pretty critical. Overall, I thought Storr did a very good job of presenting Jung's thoughts and contributions to theories of divided self, the positive role of myth, etc. The book does raise many questions which it leaves unanswered, but I suspect that is a function of Jung's eclectic philosophy, not Storr's writing style, which I thought was very clear. Overall, a good presentation, in the opinion of this highly unknowledgeable reader (although there are some pre-feminist comments that had me cringing).
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