The Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology

The Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology

The Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

In this definitive introduction to the work of Carl Jung, Dr. Robertson explains how Jung reintroduced Westerners to the world of archetypes- the imagery of the collective unconscious, mythology , and the symbols in nature. * the structure and dynamics of the psyche * the meaning of dreams * the shadow* the anima/animus* they mysterious figure of the self

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  1. Robert Anderson said,

    Wrote on June 14, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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    Interesting and easy-to-read ispringboard to Jung’s ideas, December 30, 2003
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    This review is from: The Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology (Paperback)

    Jungian psychology is fascinating, nuanced and voluminous, – and Jung’s writings themselves are a tough read for someone unacquainted with psychology because he addresses himself to his peers who already understand the jargon. Additionally, Jung being extremely intelligent and intellectual (Robertson, I would say is very intelligent but avoids coming off as intellectual) continually interrelates his ideas to religion, literature, art, mythology, while he writes which, while interesting, makes it hard for a beginner to extract just the basic ideas.

    I’ve read three of Robertson’s books on Jung and he has a gift for communicating Jung’s basic ideas in a simple and useful manner.

    If you have read a bit on Jungian psychology before, this book will re-enforce your knowledge and fill in some of the blanks, – or at the very least shed light on the subject in a different way. If you’re new to Jungian psychology this book is an excellent starting point. Sure, – it’s limited and not extremely precise – but it’s a quick read and will save you a lot of head-scratching once you start reading more in depth treatments of Jung’s work.

    If you’re stuffy or intellectual, this book isn’t for you, but if you’re looking for a down-to-earth springboard to Jung, this is it!

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  2. William Timothy Lukeman said,

    Wrote on June 14, 2012 @ 4:37 am

    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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    A fine beginning!, January 23, 2006
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    William Timothy Lukeman
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    This review is from: The Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology (Paperback)

    Here’s a rarity among introductory books about Jung & his thought: clear, easy to read & follow, setting forth the basic ideas in ways which are easy to grasp … all without dumbing down the material in any way. What Robertson does is provide the beginner with the overall feel of Jungian thought, sketching out the basic outlines & providing straightforward examples. Other books go into greater detail, of course, but a beginner could do far worse than start with this fine volume. Robertson’s humane & humanist heart beats strongly in every page, and he’s good company for what should be an ongoing & enriching journey into the Psyche. Recommended!

    (For anyone concerned about the negative reviews, while some do raise fair objections & concerns, feel free to ignore those with an obvious ax to grind. A reading of Deirdre Bair’s new biography of Jung will provide an honest & far more accurate picture of Jung’s life & personality.)

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on June 14, 2012 @ 5:10 am

    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    A delightful guide into Jungian ideaa., September 18, 1996
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    This review is from: The Beginner’s Guide to Jungian Psychology (Paperback)

    Robin Robertson is a Jungian analyst, mathematician, and professional magician. This wonderful book, like his others, brings together the insight of the first of these professions with the clarity of thought of the second, and the delightful stage style of the third. I have found this to be the best introduction to Jungian ideas around.

    –Allan Combs; author of The Radiance of Being, and Synchronicity

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