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An eye-opening biography of one of the most influential psychiatrists of the modern age, drawing from his lectures, conversations, and own writings.

In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, Carl Gustav Jung undertook the telling of his life story. Memories, Dreams, Reflections is that book, composed of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, as well as chapters written in his own hand, and other materials. Jung continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961, making this a uniquely comprehensive reflection on a remarkable life. Fully corrected, this edition also includes Jung's VII Sermones ad Mortuos.

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ISBN-13: 9780679723950
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1989
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 58,952
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carl Gustav Jung was one of the great pioneers of modern psychiatry. He was born in 1865 in Switzerland, where he studied medicine and psychiatry and later became one of Sigmund Freud’s early supporters and collaborators. Eventually, serious theoretical disagreements (among them Jung’s view of the religious instinct in man) led to a doctrinal and personal break between the two famed psychiatrists. Dr. Jung was the author of many books, and he lived and practiced for many years in his native Zurich. He died in 1961.

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Memories, Dreams, Reflections 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
LisaShapter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This memoir contains, among many other wonderful things, an account of the time-slip he saw with his mistress.
phillynyc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even if you are not a Jung junkie, this book is a great read for anyone with at least one College Psyche class under their belt. The passage about Jung's split from Freud and the reasons behind it will change you impressions of these two dreams mavens.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is only a partially autobiographical book by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung as he was assisted by an associate, Aniela Jaffé. The book details Jung's childhood, his personal life, and exploration into the psyche. Jung was very reluctant to cooperate with Jaffé in the beginning, but because of his growing conviction of the work's importance, he became more engrossed in the project and began writing part of the text himself. While he wrote several chapters the rest of the text was written by Jaffé through recording her conversations with Jung. The book was finally published in 1963, two years after Jung's death. Having read several of Jung's better known works, including his Answer to Job, I found this unusual autobiography to be consonant with his ideas if not comprehensive. Considering the title I would characterize the book as an amalgam of memoir, meditation and mirror-like thoughts that I found tantalizing and provocative.
clevinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are a set of memoirs like no other. Rather than set about detailing the things he's done, the places he's been and the people he has met like most autobiographers would do, Jung (with the help of an assistant) at the age of 83 recounts his inner experiences, dreams and visions that informed and shaped his understanding of the psyche and the subconscious. For much of his early life at school Jung was preoccupied with concepts of Christian doctrine, his father being a village pastor who in Jung's estimation preached Christianity by rote without ever understanding it, and of his own accord studied German philosophers to better understand the world and man's place in it. Whilst still at school he read Kant, Schopenhauer and Goethe; by university he discovered von Hartmann and Nietzsche, though "the clinical semesters that followed kept me so busy that scarcely any time remained for my forays into outlying fields. I was able to study Kant only on Sundays." [p.122] As a child he also observed in himself a neurosis and in his mother a hidden personality that surfaced from time to time to speak words of wisdom, foundations for his later psychiatric work.
ablueidol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When in my early 20's and struggling to make sense of me and the poverty I came from, Jung always made far more sense to me then Freud in explaining my inner life. Marx made more sense of the outer world although as 1 came from the lumpen proles I was less romantic about the working class then many of my then revolutionary friends. But Jung, myths and the need to hold the shadow and the light as a unified whole always appealed rather then grand struggles of good and evil. Another reason why i rejected much of main steam Christian thinking
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