- Reprint of 1933 U.S. Edition
- Important book on psychology
- Introduction to Carl Jung’s thought process
- Subjects covered-
- Practical application of dream analysis
- Stages of life
- Discussion on psychology
- Analytical psychology
Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C. G. Jung
The first of C. G. Jung’s great books, written when he was a young man in his thirties, Modern Man traces and discusses six sets of opposing attitudes that people hold toward life: rationalism versus irrationalism, materialism versus spiritualism, moralism versus immoralism, realism versus nominalism, classicism versus romanticism, scepticism versus dogmatism.
As one reads these essays for the first time after an interval of many years, it is difficult to grasp how radical they were at their publication in 1927: on almost every page one can see that Mr. Jung has broken with common prejudices or has predicted views later adopted by thinkers whom he never mentions.
It is astonishing how fresh and vigorous these thirty-year-old essays sound today. No layman can read them without being impressed with Mr. Jung’s breadth of culture—not only in psychology but also in philosophy, mythology, history, and even political theory (which explains why George Orwell felt that he could learn from him).
And no specialist reader will fail to appreciate Jung’s independence as a thinker: here there are none of those tedious phrases about the master which litter disciples’ writings; if anyone deserved such titles it was surely Jung himself—but here we see him breaking away from Freudian orthodoxy and holding up a mirror to Freud instead!
What a pity it is that so few of his followers have had anything like his courage, and that even fewer have been able to express themselves with his clarity and directness!
You can visit Britannica to learn more about Carl Jung.
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