Bollingen Series XXThe Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche is one of the better volumes of the Princeton/Bollingen Collected Works. 1st comes "On Psychic Energy", the most difficult essay in the volume. Generally, it discusses the "canalization of libido". Jung redefines "libido" by moving away from its purely sexual connotation. For him, libido is simply a generic forBollingen Series XXThe Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche is one of the better volumes of the Princeton/Bollingen Collected Works. 1st comes "On Psychic Energy", the most difficult essay in the volume. Generally, it discusses the "canalization of libido". Jung redefines "libido" by moving away from its purely sexual connotation. For him, libido is simply a generic form of psychic energy which can be redirected into both sexual & non-sexual activities, such as religious rituals, dances, incantations & chants. Only when the intrinsic need for ritual is supressed does the libido tend to direct its energies into sexual perversion. Altho the concept is interesting, the writing style of this essay is rather opaque. Next comes an essay called "The Transcendent Function", which basically deals with the healing breakthru which is the goal of the patient in psychotherapy. Next is an essay dealing with "Complex Theory". This essay deals with word-association tests in which the experimenter observes the subjects reactions & hesitations when given a word that evokes embarrassing or painful memories. Next are three short but profound & informative essays. Then comes the centerpiece, a potent & spectacular classic of 20th century psychology entitled "On the Nature of the Psyche". This, along with "Answer to Job", is one of Jung's best essays. It deals with a wide range of topics, including the limitations & paradoxes associated with epistemology, & the dualistic & paradoxical interrelationship between the subjective/inner psyche & the objective/outer world. This essay has much to say about the limitations of our subjectivity, & the degree to which we depend on other people & the outside world to attain consciousness. Jung does an excellent job in demarcating the thin line which divides the outer world & the sum of our subjective perceptions. This essay is a mind warping trip into a sea of paradoxical mysteries of the psyche. After a short essay dealing with spirits, come a series of three: "Spirit & Life", "Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology" & "Analytical Psychology & Weltanschauung". These deal with the delicate issue of fate & determinism vs free will, & the idea of achieving an objective attitude, a Weltanschauung. Jung warns against attempting to unite everyone under one objective attitude or "ism". This can only lead to repression, nationalistic, racist, patriotic bias & war. According to him, when one nation unites under an "ism" or worldview which is erronously believed to be objective & appropriate for everyone, we'll end up with a repression of indivdual, diverse opinions at best, & at worst, will have a worldwide tragedy resulting from the quest to force this attitude on other people. According to Jung, democracy also counts as one of those "ism's" that we shouldn't try to force on others. Next we have three more short essays which are very good, especially "The Soul & Death". Finally, we have "Syncronicity", a fascinating essay dealing with paranormal psychic phenomena such as ESP. Overall, The Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche is a true magnum opus of psychology, recommended to anyone willing to take on a challenge for the pursuit of self-knowledge.--Ross James Browne (edited)...
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Amazing look at complexes, dreams and the archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. I very much liked the essay on Synchronicity. Jung, with the help of past masters such as Plato and Lao Tzu, along with 20th century physicists Pauli, was able to conclude that matter and mind are closer then we think and can lead to archetypically meaningful events and occurrences.
Aquele dia histórico em que você termina de ler A natureza da Psique!!
This volume, a selection of quite a few essays, comes closer to the core of what is characteristic of Jung's psychological theory than most of the others in The Collected Works.
I approached this book with prejudice, but it managed to debunk my expectations. I heard that Jung was actually a metaphisicyst disguised as a scientist because his rediculous theory about inheritable concepts, but his hypotesis, when you let the man to speak for himself, seems rather reasonable. He even doesn't go further than just stating that this inheritable concepts, which are expressed in universal imagery and which he calls archetypes, are not all that different from instincts, which are also mind settings which we inherit from our ancestors. He doesn't go metaphysical at all, at least when concerning archetypes. There are chapters in this book which ARE highly speculative, and maybe even unscientific, where he talks about paranormal activities as manifestations of the unconscious mind, but at the same time he gives the possibility for them to be something more than that. Fortunately, those passages are rare and not that important in this book and in his work in general, for he is most famous and most important for his theory about archetypes, which he managed to present in a reasonable and possibly plausible ways.
470] "Hence it is that the more rigorous adherents of the Freudian school have come to the point of interpreting -to give a gross example-pretty well all oblong objects in dreams as phallic symbols and all round or hollow objects as feminine symbols"
An incredible collection of Jung's work. The topics here are essential for those involved in psychology, therapy, the occult, and parapsychology. The detailed work on the structure and processes of the psyche are essential in understanding how the mind works. Jung naturally includes a discussion on the nature of consciousness which further widens into a discussion of the soul and 'spirits'. Jung's views as to the canalisation of the libido into other channels are invaluable for both the therapist and the magician. Elsewhere, Jung touches on the concept of 'archetypal infaltion' in his assessment of how the archetypes of the collective unconscious may influence the psyche with external thoughts -- the result often being termed 'possession'. The work on synchronicity is also significant in depth and should be viewed as a benchmark of investigation into esoteric fields. Jung, as always, provides a high degree of quality in his works. The content here also shows that he was fearless in touching upon topics that his contemporaries shunned as fields which were beneath their empiricism.
Per il momento letto quanto mi abbisognava e cioé:2. La funzione trascendente3. Considerazioni generali sulla teoria dei complessi;7. La struttura della psiche (coscienza, inconscio personale, inconscio collettivo);9. Considerazioni generali sulla psicologia del sogno;10. L'essenza dei sogni.
Speak human words please!!!!This is the single most unreadable book that I would ever bother to complain about even after three and half years.