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Man And His Symbols is Carl Gustav Jung's most widely read book on the influence of symbolism on man, as shown in his dreams.
Summary Of The Book
Man And His Symbols was Carl Jung's final work before his death and the only one to be written for general readers with a non-psychology background. It is divided into five parts and was first published in 1964. Four parts from this book have been written by his associates, Aniela Jaffe, Joseph L. Henderson, Jolande Jacobi and Marie-Louise von Franze.
Man And His Symbols is an introduction to world renowned psychologist Carl Jung's theories, particularly his famous theory on Man and his relation to his collective unconscious. Jung strongly believed that the unconscious mind relayed directions to the conscious self through symbols that man saw in his dreams, which tried to counsel and guide the conscious self towards a more fulfilling and complete life. In the book, he traces the influence of symbols from all over the world throughout history with thought provoking illustrations. The significance of dreams, the importance of symbols, and his theory of Archetypes and the process of individuation form the basic structure of the book. Carl Jung also analyzes the dreams of some of his patients as examples to underline his theories.
Man And His Symbols is considered a classic textbook for laypersons and has been reprinted several times since 1964.
About Carl Gustav Jung
One of the world's most influential psychologists, Carl Jung is considered the father of analytical psychology. He made immense contributions to the development of psychiatry with the creation of some widely used psychological concepts like the "introvert" and "extrovert" personalities, synchronicity, the collective unconscious, the archetype, and the complex.
He was a prolific writer and has written 19 volumes of his collected works. These include Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, The Development of Personality, The Psychogenesis of Mental Disease, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, Symbols of Transformation, and Psychology and Religion: West and East.
Man And His Symbols has been lauded for the simple, easy, and straightforward language used by Jung to explain his theories and concepts to the general public.
Carl Jung was born on 26 July 1875 in Switzerland. He studied medicine at the University of Basel in 1895 and served as an army doctor in World War I. His friendship and collaboration with Sigmund Freud greatly influenced his early works and his study of psychoanalysis. However, over the years, his study of various religions, mythology, and spirituality and his psychology of religion were critically received and he was even accused of being a Nazi sympathizer. He was married to Emma Rauschenbach and had five children. He died on 6 June 1961 following a brief illness.