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The Essential Jung


This volume presents the essentials of Jung's thought in his own words. To familiarize readers with the ideas for which Jung is best known, the British psychiatrist and writer Anthony Storr has selected extracts from Jung's writings that pinpoint his many original contributions and relate the development of his thought to his biography. Dr. Storr has prefaced each extract with explanatory notes. These notes link the extracts, and with Dr. Storr's introduction, they show the progress and coherence of Jung's ideas, including such concepts as the collective unconscious, the archetypes, introversion and extroversion, individuation, and Jung's view of integration as the goal of the development of the personality.

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Anthony Storr is Consultant Psychotherapist, Oxfordshire Area, and Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Oxford. His other works include The Integrity of the Personality, Sexual Deviation, Human Aggression, The Dynamics of Creation, Human Destructiveness, and The Art of Psychotherapy.


"This is by far the best introduction to the work and thought of Carl Gustav Jung now available [1983]. I wish it were possible to require that every teacher and critic, cleric and cocktail-party magus who takes the name of Jung upon his tongue should have read Anthony Storr's admirable compilation at least once, for untold misunderstanding and unwarranted assumption would be saved thereby... Once again, thanks and praise to Anthony Storr, clinical lecturer in psychiatry in the University of Oxford, for a masterly achievement."--Robertson Davies, The Globe and Mail (Toronto) "This is the best introductory book for the serious reader. Add it to the autobiography and The Freud/Jung Letters and one has the beginning of a lifetime's serious entertainment."--J. D. O'Hara, Virginia Quarterly Review "A lively and succinct introduction."--The Economist "A commentary that is admirably clear and unfailingly level in its tone."--The Sunday Times "Dr. Anthony Storr has undertaken the formidable task of selecting essential extracts from the huge outpouring of Jung... He starts well with a lively and succinct introduction... The book is then neatly compartmentalized into the main stages of Jung's thought."--The Economist

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