Jung's Map of the Soul: An Introduction

by Murray Stein

Book, 1998



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Chicago : Open Court, 2006.

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244 p.; 23 cm

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This book offers readers a strong grounding in the basic principles of Jung's analytical psychology in addition to illuminating insights. Probably the best one-volume English language summary of Jung's thought. . . Stein develops the cartographical metaphor of the title by beginning with the "surface" (ego) of the psyche and exploring successively more complex areas, including complexes, libido theory, shadow, "anima/us," the self, individuation, and synchronicity. The map soon resembles the multidisciplinary chart of a solar system more than it does a flat map. In each subject area, Stein draws heavily on papers that Jung wrote late in his life, but he sets these in the context of Jung's earlier developing thought. This method allows the author to demonstrate the interconnectedness and coherence of Jung's mature work.

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LibraryThing member vpfluke
This book is a pretty good introduction to the depth psychology of Carl Jung. This is not a dry psychology textbook, but a pretty interesting read. Stein takes into the psyche thorugh talking about the ego and then leading us through complexes and psychic energy into the collective unconscious.
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Instincts and archetypes, which are shared among humans, are revealed, and then we go into some more individual concerns of the persona (the mask we show to the world) and the shadow (the dark side?). Then to the animus and anima, the flip of our gender, and not always easyt to discern. Then we come back up from our transcenent center to wholeness, individuation,a and synchronicity.
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