The myth of meaning in the work of C.G. Jung

by Aniela Jaffé

Book, 1984



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Zürich : Daimon, c1984.

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186 p.; 21 cm

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What gives a life its meaning? In this significant volume, one of C.G. Jung’s closest associates explores the world of subjective experience in dreams, fantasies and inner images in an illuminating examination of the phenomenon of meaning.
In so doing, she provides further insights into the significance of Jung’s work. Aniela Jaffé maintains that any search for meaning ultimately leads into this inner “mythical” realm and must be understood as a limited subjective attempt to answer the unanswerable. Any answer must be one’s own, and its formulation one’s own myth.

One of the most distinguished interpreters of C.G. Jung’s ideas today, Aniela Jaffé was born in Berlin and studied psychology at the University of Hamburg. With the outbreak of World War II, she emigrated to Zürich, where she began to train with the psychiatrist/analyst C.G. Jung.

Aniela Jaffé’s reputation as a lucid and authoritative writer has been substantiated through her collaboration with Jung on his autobiographical Memories, Dreams, Reflections, her editing of his collected Letters, and numerous independent works. She practiced as an analyst in Zürich.

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