Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Carl Jung books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1) (1981)
- The Undiscovered Self: The Dilemma of the Individual in Modern Society (2006)
- Man and His Symbols (1968)
- Modern Man In Search of a Soul (1955)
- Psychology of the Unconscious (2003)
- Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1989)
- Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 2) (1979)
- Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. (From Vol. 8. of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung) (Jung Extracts) (2010)
- The Undiscovered Self: With Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams (Jung Extracts) (2010)
- The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga (1999)
- Psychological Types (2016)
- Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction (1998)
- Answer to Job: (From Vol. 11 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung) (Jung Extracts) (2010)
- Jung: A Very Short Introduction (2001)
Essays which state the fundamentals of Jung’s psychological system: “On the Psychology of the Unconscious” and “The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious,” with their original versions in an appendix.
In this challenging and provocative work, Dr. Carl Jung—one of history’s greatest minds—argues that civilization’s future depends on our ability as individuals to resist the collective forces of society.
Man and His Symbols (1968)
Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung’s own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams.
Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion.
In this, his most famous and influential work, Carl Jung made a dramatic break from the psychoanalytic tradition established by his mentor, Sigmund Freud. Rather than focusing on psychopathology and its symptoms, the Swiss psychiatrist studied dreams, mythology, and literature to define the universal patterns of the psyche.In Psychology of the Unconscious, Jung seeks a symbolic meaning and purpose behind a given set of symptoms, placing them within the larger context of the psyche.
An eye-opening biography of one of the most influential psychiatrists of the modern age, drawing from his lectures, conversations, and own writings. In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, Carl Gustav Jung undertook the telling of his life story. Memories, Dreams, Reflections is that book, composed of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, as well as chapters written in his own hand, and other materials.
Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 2) (1979)
Aion, originally published in German in 1951, is one of the major works of Jung’s later years. The central theme of the volume is the symbolic representation of the psychic totality through the concept of the Self, whose traditional historical equivalent is the figure of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis by an investigation of the Allegoria Christi, especially the fish symbol, but also of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation.
Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. (From Vol. 8. of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung) (Jung Extracts) (2010)
Jung was intrigued from early in his career with coincidences, especially those surprising juxtapositions that scientific rationality could not adequately explain. He discussed these ideas with Albert Einstein before World War I, but first used the term “synchronicity” in a 1930 lecture, in reference to the unusual psychological insights generated from consulting the I Ching.
These two essays, written late in Jung’s life, reflect his responses to the shattering experience of World War II and the dawn of mass society. Among his most influential works, “The Undiscovered Self” is a plea for his generation–and those to come–to continue the individual work of self-discovery and not abandon needed psychological reflection for the easy ephemera of mass culture.
“Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model of something that was almost completely lacking in Western psychology–an account of the development phases of higher consciousness. Jung’s insistence on the psychogenic and symbolic significance of such states is even more timely now than then. As R. D. Laing stated
Psychological Types (2016)
2016 Reprint of 1924 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In this classic work, originally published in 1921, Jung categorized people into primary types of psychological function. He proposed four main functions of consciousness: Two perceiving functions: Sensation and Intuition Two judging functions: Thinking and Feeling The functions are modified by two main attitude types: extraversion and introversion.
More than a mere overview, the book offers readers a strong grounding in the basic principles of Jung’s analytical psychology in addition to illuminating insights. #22,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #18 in Medical Psychoanalysis #23 in Medical Psychology Reference #12 in Jungian Psychology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Considered one of Jung’s most controversial works, Answer to Job also stands as Jung’s most extensive commentary on a biblical text. Here, he confronts the story of the man who challenged God, the man who experienced hell on earth and still did not reject his faith.
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.
Best Carl Jung Books Reviewed & Ranked
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Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung: The Pioneering Lives and Works of History’s Most Influential Psychologists
Author(s): Charles River Editors
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Revising and Editing for Translators
Author(s): Brian Mossop, Jungmin Hong, Carlos Teixeira
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The way of the psychonaut: encyclopedia for inner journeys Volume two
Author(s): Multidisciplinary Assosication for Psychedelic Studies;Doblin, Rick;Grof, Brigette;Grof, Stanislav;Jung, Carl Gustav;Tarnas, Richard
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