Jung on Mythology

ISBN-10: 0691017360

ISBN-13: 9780691017365

Edition: 1998

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At least three major questions can be asked of myth: what is its subject matter? what is its origin? and what is its function? Theories of myth may differ on the answers they give to any of these questions, but more basically they may also differ on which of the questions they ask. C. G. Jung's theory is one of the few that purports to answer fully all three questions. This volume collects and organizes the key passages on myth by Jung himself and by some of the most prominent Jungian writers after him: Erich Neumann, Marie-Louise von Franz, and James Hillman. The book synthesizes the discovery of myth as a way of thinking, where it becomes a therapeutic tool providing an entrance to the unconscious. In the first selections, Jung begins to differentiate his theory from Freud's by asserting that there are fantasies and dreams of an "impersonal" nature that cannot be reduced to experiences in a person's past. Jung then asserts that the similarities among myths are the result of the projection of the collective rather than the personal unconscious onto the external world. Finally, he comes to the conclusion that myth originates and functions to satisfy the psychological need for contact with the unconscious--not merely to announce theexistenceof the unconscious, but to let usexperienceit.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/16/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland on July 26, 1875. He originally set out to study archaeology, but switched to medicine and began practicing psychiatry in Basel after receiving his degree from the University of Basel in 1902. He became one of the most famous of modern psychologists and psychiatrists. Jung first met Sigmund Freud in 1907 when he became his foremost associate and disciple. The break came with the publication of Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious (1912), which did not follow Freud's theories of the libido and the unconscious. Jung eventually rejected Freud's system of psychoanalysis for his own "analytic psychology." This emphasizes present conflicts rather than those from childhood; it also takes into account the conflict arising from what Jung called the "collective unconscious"---evolutionary and cultural factors determining individual development. Jung invented the association word test and contributed the word complex to psychology, and first described the "introvert" and "extrovert" types. His interest in the human psyche, past and present, led him to study mythology, alchemy, oriental religions and philosophies, and traditional peoples. Later he became interested in parapsychology and the occult. He thought that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) might be a psychological projection of modern people's anxieties. He wrote several books including Studies in Word Association, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, and Psychology and Alchemy. He died on June 6, 1961 after a short illness.

Introduction
Jung vis-a-vis Freud on Myth
Jung's Freudian Interpretation of Myth
from "The Theory of Psychoanalysis"
from "The Theory of Psychoanalysis"
Jung's Rejection of Freud's Theory of Myth
from "The Significance of the Father in the Destiny of the Individual"
from "Introduction to Kranefeldt's 'Secret Ways of the Mind'"
from "The Concept of the Collective Unconscious"
from C. G. Jung Speaking
The Origin of Myth
The Similarities among Myths
from "Schiller's Ideas on the Type Problem"
from "On the Psychology of the Unconscious"
from "The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious"
from "Commentary on 'The Secret of the Golden Flower'"
from "The Philosophical Tree"
from "Fundamental Questions of Psychotherapy"
Independent Invention Rather Than Diffusion as the Source of the Similarities
from "The Significance of Constitution and Heredity in Psychology"
from "The Psychology of the Child Archetype"
Rejection of the Experience of the External World as the Source of Independent Invention
from "General Description of the Types"
from "Definitions"
from "On Psychic Energy"
from "Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious"
from "Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth"
from "Marginalia on Contemporary Events"
Letter to Baroness Tinti (10 January 1936)
Independent Invention as the Projection of the Unconscious onto the External World
from "Symbols of the Mother and of Rebirth"
from "The Dual Mother"
from "The Type Problem in Poetry"
from "On the Psychology of the Unconscious"
from "On the Psychology of the Unconscious"
from "The Structure of the Psyche"
Independent Invention as the Projection of the Collective Rather Than the Personal Unconscious onto the External World
from "Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth"
from "The Psychology of Eastern Meditation"
from "The Philosophical Tree"
Myths and Archetypes
from "Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious"
from "The Psychology of the Child Archetype"
The Function of Myth
Revealing the Unconscious
from "The Psychology of the Child Archetype"
from "The Dual Mother"
from "A Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity"
Encountering the Unconscious
from "Background to the Psychology of Christian Alchemical Symbolism"
from "Paracelsus as a Spiritual Phenomenon"
from "The Conjunction"
from "Principles of Practical Psychotherapy"
Making Life Meaningful
from "The Psychology of the Child Archetype"
from "The Archetype in Dream Symbolism"
from "The Function of Religious Symbols"
from Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Abetting Therapy
from "Schizophrenia"
from "The Aims of Psychotherapy"
from "Foreword to the First Volume of Studies from the C. G. Jung Institute"
Providing Models for Behavior
from C. G. Jung Speaking
Myths and Dreams/Fantasies
from "The Theory of Psychoanalysis"
from "The Theory of Psychoanalysis"
from "The Role of the Unconscious"
from "Analytical Psychology and Education"
from "The Tavistock Lectures: Lecture II"
from "Foreword to Perry: The Self in Psychotic Progress"
from C. G. Jung Speaking
Myth as a Way of Thinking
from "Two Kinds of Thinking"
Kinds of Myths
Myths of the Child
From "The Psychology of the Child Archetype"
Myths of the Hero
from "The Origin of the Hero"
from "The Origin of the Hero"
from "Symbols of the Mother and of Rebirth"
from "Symbols of the Mother and of Rebirth"
from "The Dual Mother"
from "The Dual Mother"
from "The Dual Mother"
from "The Dual Mother"
from "On the Psychology of the Unconscious"
from "Religious Ideas in Alchemy"
from "The Conjunction"
from "The Tavistock Lectures: Lecture III"
Personal Myths
from Memories, Dreams, Reflections
from Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Myths and Primitives
from "Two Kinds of Thinking"
from "Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype"
from "The Psychology of the Child Archetype"
from "A Psychological View of Conscience"
Myths and Moderns
The Demythicizing of the External World
from "The Philosophical Tree"
The Continued Existence of Traditional Myths
from "Psychology and Literature"
The Revival of Traditional Myths "Wotan"
from "The Fight with the Shadow"
The Creation of Distinctively Modern Myths
from "Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth"
Myth as Never Superseded
from "Two Kinds of Thinking"
Earlier Psychological Interpretations of Myth
from "The Personification of the Opposites"
from "The Conjunction"
Myth and Religion
from "The Undiscovered Self (Present and Future)"
from "The Undiscovered Self (Present and Future)"
from "Psychology and Religion"
from "Foreword to White's God and the Unconscious"
from "Answer to Job"
from "Rex and Regina"
from "Jung and Religious Belief"
from Memories, Dreams, Reflections
from Letter to Dorothee Hoch (23 September 1952)
from Letter to Upton Sinclair (7 January 1955)
from Letter to Pastor Tanner (12 February 1959)
Erich Neumann
Introduction to The Origins and History of Consciousness
Marie-Louise von Franz
from Patterns of Creativity Mirrored in Creation Myths
James Hillman
from Re-Visioning Psychology
Index
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