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  1. 4 out of 5

    T

    An extremely disappointing book to start the year with! Frieda Fordham was a training Jungian analyst (when such a thing existed), and she published this book in the 50's during the same period that Jacques Lacan was a rising star in France, Erich Fromm and Karen Horney were bringing Freudian revisionism from Germany to America, whilst the Anna Freud vs Melanie Klein fight was brewing in London. Unfortunately, whilst Horney, Fromm, Anna Freud, Klein and Lacan tried to reformulate and tinker Freud An extremely disappointing book to start the year with! Frieda Fordham was a training Jungian analyst (when such a thing existed), and she published this book in the 50's during the same period that Jacques Lacan was a rising star in France, Erich Fromm and Karen Horney were bringing Freudian revisionism from Germany to America, whilst the Anna Freud vs Melanie Klein fight was brewing in London. Unfortunately, whilst Horney, Fromm, Anna Freud, Klein and Lacan tried to reformulate and tinker Freud's work to provide it with the scientificity and rigour it needed in the face of sceptics, Jung did the exact opposite and retreated into spiritualism, damaging psychoanalysis' name irreparably. Jung's work fails for multiple reasons: Spiritualism - Jung theorises of a 'collective unconscious' assuming an otherworldy spirit which contains the Lamarckian spirit of man. Of course the epistemological claims behind this are incredibly dubious, and this theory reeks of Platonism, but since Jung leaves the concepts so vague they're hard to assess. Also, Fordham speaks very little of this, but Jung has a kind of agnostic theology, which tries to reassert much of Christianity, but with a vague postmodern twist on it. Total ignorance of contextual factors - For Jung, the real world has little effect on man. If you're stressed at work or depressed, the socioeconomic factors that overdetermine this have nothing to do with it. It is then with this overly spiritual conviction that Jung can explain away complex societal problems as people lacking meaning or direction, rather than people struggling because of the ensuing contradictions of capitalism. Of course, looking at the modern day health crisis, we can see why this is nonsense. These ideas are also extremely attractive to psychologists like Jordan Peterson who fail to engage with the real problems in society, and instead turn to poorly defined spirituality and chauvinistic notions of Western Civilisation and the Western spirit as answers to real, complex problems in society. Its heteronormative and patriarchal assumptions - Fordham discusses Jung's idea of the male spirit and the female spirit, the anima versus the animus. Of course, Jung seems to share the Nietzschean idea of the 'Eternal Woman' or the spirit of woman, a kind of Yin and Yang. Whilst this may seem like the kind of wisdom you would get from a pub toilet, Jungians take it very seriously, and it allows Jungians to support patriarchal roles amongst the genders. Fordham even goes so far as to say "feminists chose to develop their masculine side, but in doing so relegated their femininity to the unconscious, so that they simply reversed things instead of widening their consciousness. And because men and women are not fully aware of what they are doing there is always a certain uneasiness about their progress, and a failure of society to keep step." So for Fordham, feminists were not women trying to receive the equal rights they deserved as humans, but people out of step with their unconscious. This is of course, pseudointellectual claptrap. Jung's obsession with dualistic categories – Jung, as with his anima versus animus categories, obsessed with dualistic categories. Whilst Lacan and Fromm tried to move away from these simplistic notions, Jung embraced them, discussing personality as extroversion versus introversion. I needn’t go into detail as to why having a binary and two sided view of personality is reductionist and stupid, because everybody knows it, even Fordham who tries to explain that the ideas are ideal types and that nobody is a pure category. But this doesn’t stop Jung from applying these categories to the psychoanalytic theorists themselves, declaring Freud an introvert due to his focus on the internal unconscious and his authoritarian mode of teaching. He also declares Alfred Adler’s theory extroverted for its insistence on seeking help in the community. Of course this simplistic observation is bounded around with academic jargon by Fordham, to make it seem more than a two dimensional analysis. Frieda Fordham tries her best to try to rehabilitate Jung, and fails miserably. She quite clearly has not taken the time to properly research Freud, which makes this book fall flat. The book has a great deal of errors and is wilfully uncritical of Jung, even at times where Fordham appears hold a hint of scepticism or questioning, such as when dealing with the simplistic personality categories of introversion versus extroversion. But, rather than learn from her mistakes Fordham made in the previous editions (despite having Jung reproachfully read the manuscript) she continues on. Fordham makes mistakes, such as claiming that Freud coined the term 'psychoanalysis' and claiming that Carl Jung innovated the focus on context in dreams, or viewing neurosis as not wholly negative, when all of these things are wrong. Whilst Jung certainly did help Freud in the early years of psychoanalysis (like Reich), such as bring forth the notion of 'complexes', this doesn't mean he should take credit for the innovations of others. Also, Fordham gleefully misses off anything negative that Jung did in her brief biography of him, things like Jung’s support of Nazism or his lying to Freud about his extramarital affair with Sabina Spielrein, who he left to perish in WW2. Even the Freud-Jung split isn’t touched on in this biography, but marginal events about Jung’s father, and Jung’s trip to India are. The events Fordham misses are the kinds of events which are key to understanding Jung and his chauvinistic pseudoscience in my opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    I read this introduction to analytical psychology early during my fascination with the topic. Frieda, along with her husband Michael, are known for their concentration on educational/developmental matters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Frieda Fordham's introductory text to the theories and life of Carl Jung strikes a nice balance between being short and accessible without compromising on the depth of explanation that the work of Jung deserves. She provides detailed yet concise descriptions of Jung's ideas related to psychological types, archetypes, the individual and collective unconscious, the role of religion in personal and societal life, the nature of dreams, and the process of psychotherapy. Furthermore, she also provides Frieda Fordham's introductory text to the theories and life of Carl Jung strikes a nice balance between being short and accessible without compromising on the depth of explanation that the work of Jung deserves. She provides detailed yet concise descriptions of Jung's ideas related to psychological types, archetypes, the individual and collective unconscious, the role of religion in personal and societal life, the nature of dreams, and the process of psychotherapy. Furthermore, she also provides a brief biohraphy of the man, helping the reader to understand the context in which the ideas were shaped. It's not always simple reading but, then again, neither were Jung's beliefs. My only slight concern is that for certain ideas which are likely to be highly incompatible with the modern reader (e.g. synchronicity, alchemy), she does not apply significant critical analysis or help the reader to understand how such an intelligent man could come to believe in such (seemingly) irrational ideas. Still, a very good introduction for anybody who wants to learn more about Jung or analytical psychology. 7/10

  4. 4 out of 5

    Onur şahin

    Kitap dediği şeyi gayet iyi yapıyor. Jung'un bakış açısını genel bir şekilde anlamak için güzel bir başlangıç kitabı bence. Daha önce Jung okumuş olmama rağmen bu kitap okuduklarimi genel olarak toparlamami sağladı. Jung'un bakış açısına gelirsek bazı açılardan mantıklı bulsam da bazı düşünceleri benimle çok örtüşmüyor. Ancak doğru söylediğini düşündüğüm tek bir şey varsa o da bilinçli varlığımızın yanında bizi etkileyen ve bilinçli olarak fark edemediğimiz bir yanımız var ve bu yanımız fazla gö Kitap dediği şeyi gayet iyi yapıyor. Jung'un bakış açısını genel bir şekilde anlamak için güzel bir başlangıç kitabı bence. Daha önce Jung okumuş olmama rağmen bu kitap okuduklarimi genel olarak toparlamami sağladı. Jung'un bakış açısına gelirsek bazı açılardan mantıklı bulsam da bazı düşünceleri benimle çok örtüşmüyor. Ancak doğru söylediğini düşündüğüm tek bir şey varsa o da bilinçli varlığımızın yanında bizi etkileyen ve bilinçli olarak fark edemediğimiz bir yanımız var ve bu yanımız fazla görmezden gelince kendini çeşitli yollarla bize gösteriyor (rüya veya nevroz gibi). Böyle bir şeyin varlığını fark etmek bana Stoacilik gibi akılcı felsefeleri karşı olan güvenini biraz azalttı açıkçası. Bilinçdışınin varlığını da dikkate alarak geliştirilen bir Stoaci bakış açısı varsa bu ilginç olurdu gibi geliyor bana.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emre Seymenoğlu

    Jung'u okumadan önce giriş niteliğinde onun bakış açısını ve kuramına genel bir bakış olarak katkı sağlayacak, okuması kolay bir kitap. Jung'u okumadan önce giriş niteliğinde onun bakış açısını ve kuramına genel bir bakış olarak katkı sağlayacak, okuması kolay bir kitap.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Kemp

    A concise, accessible introduction to Jung's thought. Having read some of his work years ago and being deeply impressed by it, I found this book useful for reviewing and distilling Jung's unique outlook. Some portions of the book (for instance, its passing allusions to feminism and "primitive" peoples) are notably dated, and I found myself wondering a bit to what extent Jung's psychology is extricable from certain ideas that haven't aged well. But on the whole it seems likely that one can reconc A concise, accessible introduction to Jung's thought. Having read some of his work years ago and being deeply impressed by it, I found this book useful for reviewing and distilling Jung's unique outlook. Some portions of the book (for instance, its passing allusions to feminism and "primitive" peoples) are notably dated, and I found myself wondering a bit to what extent Jung's psychology is extricable from certain ideas that haven't aged well. But on the whole it seems likely that one can reconcile contemporary concerns and Jungian psychology. For instance, while we might find Jung's association of women and femininity with irrationality and the unconscious troubling if taken as good for all time, the crux of his argument there (concerning the anima/animus) rightly notes how social gender roles cause people to repress or deny parts of themselves not in keeping with their assumed gender identity, often with dysfunctional results. Indeed, Jung was arguably ahead of his time in proposing that not only do men and women have both "masculine" and "feminine" sides, but that both have deep value in terms of leading a well-integrated, fulfilling life. Even today there is much to salvage and use in Jung's theories, despite the sad fact that they are not quite as in vogue as those of his Freudian and Lacanian counterparts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Az

    Frieda Fordham's introduction to Jung is a perfect concise basis on which to understand the psychology and associated philosophy of Carl Gustav Jung. With a good overview of Jung's work hard to come across, I thoroughly recommend this as a prerequisite to anyone intending to read more into the subject. Frieda Fordham's introduction to Jung is a perfect concise basis on which to understand the psychology and associated philosophy of Carl Gustav Jung. With a good overview of Jung's work hard to come across, I thoroughly recommend this as a prerequisite to anyone intending to read more into the subject.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nasse

    Great introduction. Provoked a lot of thoughts.. Would have gotten 5 starts with more focus on the ideas of Jung and not the man himself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ştefan Bolea

    Naive and insignificant.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tugba Kilickaya

    Watch "dangerous method" after reading the book, well organised book on the works and perspective of Jung, easy to follow Watch "dangerous method" after reading the book, well organised book on the works and perspective of Jung, easy to follow

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Sometimes Jung's writing can be more convoluted than it needs to be to explain his concepts. I like reading distillations of his theory by other people. Sometimes Jung's writing can be more convoluted than it needs to be to explain his concepts. I like reading distillations of his theory by other people.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zimmermann Reinhardt

    Kitapta temel olarak Jung'un insanı her anlamda karşıtlarıyla yüzleştirerek sınıflandıran tarafına eğilinmiş. Özellikle erkek-kadın ve introvert-extrovert ayrımları çok keskin biçimde ele alınarak detaylıca betimlenmiş. Ancak Jung'un bu öğretileri ortaya koyarkenki motivasyonunun, bu karşıtlıklar arasındaki uçuruma dikkat çekmek olmadığını, aksine her birinin bir diğeri içerisinde eriyerek bütünleştiğini göstermek olduğunu hissettim kitabı okurken. Hatta bu olguların bu kadar net bir şekilde bir Kitapta temel olarak Jung'un insanı her anlamda karşıtlarıyla yüzleştirerek sınıflandıran tarafına eğilinmiş. Özellikle erkek-kadın ve introvert-extrovert ayrımları çok keskin biçimde ele alınarak detaylıca betimlenmiş. Ancak Jung'un bu öğretileri ortaya koyarkenki motivasyonunun, bu karşıtlıklar arasındaki uçuruma dikkat çekmek olmadığını, aksine her birinin bir diğeri içerisinde eriyerek bütünleştiğini göstermek olduğunu hissettim kitabı okurken. Hatta bu olguların bu kadar net bir şekilde birbirinden ayrılarak ele alınması daha detaylı incelenebilmelerinin önünü açmış bence. Jung'u diğer psikoterapistlerden ayıran ve benim gözümdeki en değerli özelliklerinden biri de psikoloji ve spiritüalizmi bir potada eriterek yalnızca bilimin değil aynı zamanda içgüdülerinin de sesini dinleyen bir gezgin olması. Bu kitapta da Jung'un bu psişik tarafına az da olsa tanık oluyoruz.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Coffee & a Book Lisa

    Loved it! Such a great introduction to Jung's work. Loved it! Such a great introduction to Jung's work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Belliveau

    Informative

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Savu

    Great introduction into Jung's ideas if you have no background on the topic. Made me very curious to read more of his work. Great introduction into Jung's ideas if you have no background on the topic. Made me very curious to read more of his work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Rotila

    „Marile evenimente ale lumii noastre, așa cum sunt ele plănuite și executate de om, nu reprezintă spiritul creștinismului, ci mai degrabă pe acela al unui curat păgânism. Aceste lucruri își au originea într-o condiție psihică rămasă arhaică și care nici pe departe nu a fost atinsă de creștinism. Biserica admite, nu chiar fără temei, faptul că semel credidisse(o dată am crezut) lasă o anumită urmă; dar nimic din aceste urme nu este de văzut în mersul evenimentelor. Civilizația creștină s-a dovedi „Marile evenimente ale lumii noastre, așa cum sunt ele plănuite și executate de om, nu reprezintă spiritul creștinismului, ci mai degrabă pe acela al unui curat păgânism. Aceste lucruri își au originea într-o condiție psihică rămasă arhaică și care nici pe departe nu a fost atinsă de creștinism. Biserica admite, nu chiar fără temei, faptul că semel credidisse(o dată am crezut) lasă o anumită urmă; dar nimic din aceste urme nu este de văzut în mersul evenimentelor. Civilizația creștină s-a dovedit găunoasă într-o măsură terifiantă: ea este întru totul poleită pe dinafară, dar omul interior a rămas neatins și, prin urmare, neschimbat. Sufletul său este în dezacord cu credințele sale exterioare; în sufletul său creștinul nu este în pas cu dezvoltările exterioare. Într-adevăr, totul este de găsit în afară-în imagine și în cuvânt, în Biserică și Biblie-, niciodată înăuntru. Înăuntru domnesc zeii arhaici, supremi ca în vechime; aceasta înseamnă că acea corespondență cu cea mai îndepărtată imagine-Dumnezeu este nedezvoltată din lipsă de cultură psihologică și că, prin urmare, s-a înțepenit în păgânism. Educația creștină a făcut tot ceea ce este omenește posibil, dar nu îndeajuns. Prea puțini oameni au trăit imaginea divină ca pe o posesiune interioară a propriilor lor suflete. Christos se întâlnește cu ei doar din afara sufletului, niciodată din interiorul lui; iată de ce întunecatul păgânism încă mai domnește aici, un păgânism care, azi într-o formă atât de zgomotoasă încât nu mai poate fi negat și într-o mult prea banală deghizare, biruie lumea așa-zisei culturi creștine.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Selçuk

    A concise summary of much of Jung's work. Highly recommendable for beginners as well as for those who are slightly more familiar with Jung's thought and want to solidate their understanding before going any deeper. A concise summary of much of Jung's work. Highly recommendable for beginners as well as for those who are slightly more familiar with Jung's thought and want to solidate their understanding before going any deeper.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Orki

    Une belle introduction à C.G. Jun qui regroupe toutes ses découvertes. Ecrit en language vulgarisé, c'est un superbe point d'entrée pour ensuite sélectionner les sujets qui nous intéressent dans cet océan qu'est Jung. Une belle introduction à C.G. Jun qui regroupe toutes ses découvertes. Ecrit en language vulgarisé, c'est un superbe point d'entrée pour ensuite sélectionner les sujets qui nous intéressent dans cet océan qu'est Jung.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dannyblue

    Does what it says on the tin.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Florence

    This slight volume did a good job of explaining the terms that Jung uses throughout his work as well as his major themes. Now I can get started on the writings of the man himself.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shafik Mandhai

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  23. 4 out of 5

    EH

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Tunggawan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Igor

  26. 5 out of 5

    Worood

  27. 4 out of 5

    Armin Radford

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  29. 4 out of 5

    Esra_

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nick

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