Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche Paperback – Feb 16 1999
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"Whether explaining the psychic complexities of gender or racial conflict, or the survival value of our connection to other animals, von Franz is perhaps unsurpassed as the archetypal Jungian." — Library Journal
About the Author
Marie-Louise von Franz (19151998) was the foremost student of C. G. Jung, with whom she worked closely from 1934 until his death in 1961. A founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, she published widely on subjects including alchemy, dreams, fairy tales, personality types, and psychotherapy.
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The biggest problem is interpreting these meanings. This can be quite a complex task as these elements actually reflect archetypes from historical, religious, and mythological sources imbedded in our individual psyches. Essentially, differing cultural, religious, or historical backgrounds cause the archetypes to appear in slightly different ways for each person. Thus, not only do the archetypal symbols from our dreams (or delusions) need to be recognized as part of their greater story or meaning but also related to the needs and personal understanding of the individual.
Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche would make an excellent text book for a class on archetypes and dreams. The material presented is detailed enough to adequately present a range of interconnecting concepts while still keeping to the main focus. Furthermore, each topic provides plenty of examples that would be perfect for class discussions. I'd sign up for such a class in a second.
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Using her diagram of the structure of the unconscious maps showing ego consciousness, personal unconsciousness, group unconsciousness, subconsciousness of large-scale national unities, and universal archetypal structures, I recognized more of these unseen, immeasurable elements. Peering into ego consciousness, she unveils the atomic nucleus of the psyche called the Self portrayed in myths, sages, and dreams. The proper role of the ego in psychic totality is required in one's individuation.
Her last chapter discusses Jung's Discovery of Self ("Die Selbsterfahryng bei C. G. Jung") whether Christianity's ideas of life or death can midwife the spontaneous and subconscious life of the psyche, or do we rely on God, divine, spirit to solve our problems. Optimistically, she and I believe that only an individual can do it.