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Bollingen Series XX The 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 Bollingen Series XX The 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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Bollingen Series XX The 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 Bollingen Series XX The 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)

30 review for The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marko Bojkovský

    Evo ne 'nam bogu mi, čitanje Junga je za mene nešto posebno. Na stranu naučnost njegove misli, na stranu i njegov sumnjivi karakter (izvlačenje velikih svota novca od bogatih gospodžica, falsifikovanje svojih "dokaza"...), Jung je grandiozno oživljena figura velikog mudraca, velikog vrača, žreca, mistika kojeg zapad nije video vekovima pre njega i ko zna koliko će ponovo čekati na sledeće inkarnaciju. Njegova mistična intuicija nije vrhunska, nije bezgrešna, nije tako potpuna kao kod nekih drugi Evo ne 'nam bogu mi, čitanje Junga je za mene nešto posebno. Na stranu naučnost njegove misli, na stranu i njegov sumnjivi karakter (izvlačenje velikih svota novca od bogatih gospodžica, falsifikovanje svojih "dokaza"...), Jung je grandiozno oživljena figura velikog mudraca, velikog vrača, žreca, mistika kojeg zapad nije video vekovima pre njega i ko zna koliko će ponovo čekati na sledeće inkarnaciju. Njegova mistična intuicija nije vrhunska, nije bezgrešna, nije tako potpuna kao kod nekih drugih savremenih zapadnjaka (a možda se samo ne zadržava odveć na onom što smatra očiglednim za mistike ili preterano mističnim za naučnu zajednicu), ali njegova prijemčivost, njegova harizma u pisanoj reči, njegovo duboko razumevanje duše, kao i otvoreno priznanje nerazumevanja te duše je nešto što retko viđamo i kod religioznih, okultnih, mističnih likova davnina, a tek ne u celokupnoj modernoj, zapadnoj psihologiji. Preporučio bih svima ovu knjigu, relativno je laka za čitanje i razumevanje, kao što je i zanimljiva. Tek delom je arhaična i ograničena naučnim saznanjima jungovog doba, pa će upravo ti delovi biti i dosadniji. Mislim da posle nje većina jungovskih pojmova ostaje prilično dobro objašnjenja, s tim da jedino za njegovu individuacija i sopstvo, iako to prilično jasno navodi u knjizi, valja napomenuti još jednom da u pitanju nisu termini koji se bave ličnim identitetima, okrenutim "malom ja", već su u srži to drevne upanišadske ideje o "univerzalnom ja": "Ako postoji ova nadindividualna duša, onda bi sve ono što bi se prevelo u njen slikovni govor bilo nepristupačno svemu onom što je lično, a kada bi to postalo svesno, onda sub specie aeternitatis to ne bi više bila moja žalost već ta žalost sveta, više ne lično izolovani bol, već bol bez gorčine koji spaja sve nas ljude. Da ovo može da izleči, za to ne moramo tražiti dokaze." Nasuprot silini nju ejdž kikiriki misli koja je čak i dan-danas živa i popularna, a koja je ništa do ekonomska religija u kojoj je jedino u procesu ekonomije konkretno božanstvo zamenjeno "univezrumom" i u kojoj je molitva ili žrtva zamenjena pozitivnim mislima, Jungova misao (koju su pogrešno prenosila dva velika populizatora - Džozef Kembel, koji je upravo smiksao Junga i nju ejdž i aktualni Džordan Piterson koji je, pak, previše bukvalno shvatio priču o "senki", kao i neke druge jungovske pojmove) nema mnogo veselosti u sebi, mrak i pakao koji ključa ispod tankog sloja leda na kojem igramo svi mi smrtni i "normalni" ljudi njegove su teme, no sa druge strane ni pesimizam i nihilizam takođe nisu njegovi. I ako čovek koji pročita ovu kolekciju njegovih misli, ništa drugo i ne usvoji, i ne promisli, sve odbaci, makar bi razmišljanje o njegovoj "projekciji" i o "-izmima" bilo dovoljno da možda tog čoveka učini daleko kvalitetnijom i prijatnijom osobu. "Izvanredno dobro shvatam otpor svih čvrstih ubeđenja naspram psihološkog otkrovenja ove vrste. Sa više slutnje nego stvarnog znanja osećaju ljudi strah od preteće sile, koia leži sputana negde duboko u svakom čoveku i nekako čeka na čarobnu reč, koja kida okove. Ta čarobna reč uvek se završav$ sa -izam i ima najuspešnije dejstvo upravo kod onih ljudi koji iimaju najmanji uvid u intimna, psihološka zbivanja čoveka i koji su od svoje instinktivne osnove najdalje zalutali u stvarno haotički svet kolektivne svesti."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    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. 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ricche Khosasi

    this book is really amazing but repetition in reading is needed

  4. 4 out of 5

    Genndy

    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 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Äsruþr Cyneaþsson

    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 therapis 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Frater

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessiane Kelly

    Aquele dia histórico em que você termina de ler A natureza da Psique!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Max Yoder

    The Stages of Life essay, on its own, is worth the price of admission. I have finished it three times and learned a deeper lesson on each pass. If you wonder what life has to offer outside of achieving, read this essay, then read it again. As for the rest of the book, I am only a few essays in. But again, the $100 price tag was warranted, at least for me, with The Stages of Life. The remaining 550 pages are upside.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Ele

    So much insight. So many great quotes. Also, the man abides with what I wrote "On Consciousness Existing Outside of Space-Time". That link is below. https://www.rvrasvm.com/post/jung-abides So much insight. So many great quotes. Also, the man abides with what I wrote "On Consciousness Existing Outside of Space-Time". That link is below. https://www.rvrasvm.com/post/jung-abides

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anton Zlatev

    No words for Jung. Exceptional as always.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex Giurgea

    Cea de a 8-a carte din ciclul Opere Complete este putin mai dificila. Reprezinta lucrari ale lui Jung scrise dupa 20-30 de ani de experienta, atunci cand conceptele au inceput sa se cristalizeze. Sunt abordate viziuni Jungiene asupra visului, modalitati de evaluare a inconstientului personal si colectiv si nu in ultimul rand cea mai ambitioasa teorie a lui Jung, cea a sincronicitatii. As recomanda citirea ei numai dupa ce exista un contact cu opera lui Jung, fiind o carte destul de tehnica.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paola

    Per il momento letto quanto mi abbisognava e cioé: 2. La funzione trascendente 3. 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. Per il momento letto quanto mi abbisognava e cioé: 2. La funzione trascendente 3. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    8314

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lysergius

    Quite heavy going, and requires some background.

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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