Item description for Jung: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Anthony Stevens...
This is the most lucid and timely introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung available to date. Though he was a prolific writer and an original thinker of vast erudition, Jung lacked a gift for clear exposition, and his ideas are less widely appreciated than they deserve to be. Now, in this extremely accessible introduction, Anthony Stevens--one of Britain's foremost Jungian analysts--clearly explains the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individualization of the Self. A small masterpiece of insight and concision, this volume offers a clear portrait of one of the twentieth century's most important and controversial thinkers. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.43" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2001
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0192854585 ISBN13 9780192854582
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More About Anthony Stevens
Anthony Stevens is also the author of Archetype: A Natural History of the Self (1982), On Jung (1990), and, most recently, The Two Million-Year-Old Self (1993).
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An Excellent Introduction Jun 15, 2008
I found this short volume to be an excellent introduction to the world of Jungian psychology. It starts off with a brief biography, since Jung's experiences had a great influence on his way of thinking. Then it gets into some of Jung's key concepts such as archtypes, psychological types, and dreams. Of particular interest is his views on therapy. He deeply disliked the clinical sterility of psychoanalysis, and favored a more person-to-person style of therapy. In this he stressed the involvement of the therapist with the patient--therapy as a two-way process between equals. It is this sense of warmth that makes Jung's ideas attractive. He allows for a more social approach to psychology. For those who haven't read about Jung before and would like a brief introduction, this book is perfect.
Superb summary of Jung's life and thought Aug 26, 2006
A professional with no training in psychology, yet long fascinated by Jung. fluent in German, having read Jung's Memories Dreams & Reflections several times, possessing his collected works and having read a substantial portion of them, I picked up this little book wondering what it could tell me and was amazed at the author's superb job of comprehensively summarizing, sympathetically yet critically, and very clearly and readably Jung's life and his work in what is but an evening's read. I learned things I didn't know and gained something from the bird's-eye view. This book is a tour de force. Hats off!
Most Excellent Apr 28, 2006
I'll pile on with what everyone else has said. I read this one and the VSI to Freud and they're both excellent......and a nice pair to read in sequence. Everything you probably want to know about Jung is here and it's all explained very clearly. A truly fascinating character and a great book.
Enlightening, fascinating, solid introduction Jan 29, 2006
Books in the 'Very Short Introduction' series almost always do a solid job of introducing their topic. Some, however, do it better than others - and this particular volume, about the important 20th-century psychiatrist and philosopher Carl Jung (1875-1961) is one of the better in the series.
Anthony Stevens, himslf a respected Jungian, gives a relatively thorough overview of Jung's life, and then proceeds to examine important topics of Jung's thought in depth - topics such as the collective unconscious, dreams, and psychological types.
Interestingly, the book also features a chapter on "Jung's alleged anti-Semitism" - a chapter which is a bit too defensive.
All in all, this book is clear, lucid, and accessible, although occasionally the author has a tendency to rely a bit too heavily on psychoanalysis when discussing the issues, for example by saying that "Those who continue to press [anti-Semitic] accusations against Jung... [may] have not worked sufficiently on their own repressed Fascist, anti-Semitic, or anti-Christian shadows." Also, he occasioanlly reverts to overly technical language. Some bias appears because the author is a Jungian analyst, but it doesn't really detract from the value of the book.
Still, a solid work, one of the few really accessible introductions to Jung, strongly recommended.
A Very Short Introduction book as it should be written Sep 22, 2005
The task of creating a concise, well-rounded, and very readable introduction to life and teachings of Carl Jung seemed impossible to me until I read this book. This book is a true work of love written by someone intimately familiar with the subject. This is not surprising, considering that Anthony Stevens is a practicing psychiatrist and Jungian analyst who wrote several good books on the subject as he has been developing ideas of Carl Jung in the last thirty-plus years. If you need an excellent short introduction to Jungian thought, look no further.