The World of Jung


The hero's main feat is to overcome the monster of darkness: it is the long-hoped-for and expected triumph of consciousness over the unconscious.

The coming of consciousness was probably the most tremendous experience of primeval times, for with it a world came into being whose existence no one had suspected before.

"And God said, 'Let there be light"' is the projection of that immemorial experience of the separation of consciousness from the unconscious.

-From "The Psychology of the Child Archetype


About the Man


Carl Gustav Jung 26  July 1875 – 6 June 1961), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss  psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung  proposed and developed the concepts of extroversion and introversion;  archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been  influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy,  archeology, anthropology, literature, and related fields. He was a  prolific writer, many of whose works were not published until after his  death.

The  central concept of analytical psychology is individuation—the  psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the  conscious with the unconscious, while still maintaining their relative  autonomy.  Jung considered individuation to be the central process of  human development.

Jung  created some of the best known psychological concepts, including the  archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and synchronicity.  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a popular psychometric  instrument, has been developed from Jung's theory of psychological  types.

Jung  saw the human psyche as "by nature religious" and made this  religiousness the focus of his explorations. Jung is one of the best  known contemporary contributors to dream analysis and symbolization.

Though  he was a practicing clinician and considered himself to be a scientist,  much of his life's work was spent exploring tangential areas such as  Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as  well as literature and the arts. Jung's interest in philosophy and the  occult led many to view him as a mystic, although his ambition was to be  seen as a man of science. His influence on popular psychology, the  "Psychologization of religion",[8]spirituality and the New Age movement  has been immense.


Books & Journals of Interest


Memories, Dreams. Reflections by C. G. Jung

The Inner World of Man by Frances Wickes

Inner Work by Robert Johnson

Dreams: A Portal to the Source by Edward Whitmont

Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger

The Symbolic Quest by Edward Whitmont



International Journal of Jungian Studies

Spring Journal and Books

Psychological Perspectives

Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice

Jung Journal:  Culture and Psyche

Journal of Analytical Psychology