Carl Gustav Jung is one of the seminal figures in the history of depth psychology. An enormously influential and original thinker, Jung was for some time Freud's principal disciple, but he became more and more critical of the Freudian emphasis on repressed sexual tendencies and after the publication of "Symbols of Transformation" in 1912, Jung broke away from Freud to deveCarl Gustav Jung is one of the seminal figures in the history of depth psychology. An enormously influential and original thinker, Jung was for some time Freud's principal disciple, but he became more and more critical of the Freudian emphasis on repressed sexual tendencies and after the publication of "Symbols of Transformation" in 1912, Jung broke away from Freud to develop his own technique of 'analytical psychology'....
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C.G. Jung: Lord of the Underworld Reviews
This is a critical biography by Colin Wilson on Carl Gustav Jung. It is critical in the sense that Wilson tries to appreciate Jung, while growing increasingly impatient about his flaws and especially about what Wilson sees as his incongruence in terms of trying to project outwards an image of a scientific man, while inwardly being an artist-visionary, a sort of a mystic. The book starts in an inspiring fashion, but the inspiration grows tired (perhaps, Wilson grew tired as well: his numerous remarks about the obscurity and annoyance of Jung’s writings are telling—I guess, he tried to encompass Jung’s works in a concentrated effort, which is a very Wilsonian way to do things, but Jung had proven to be a bit too much [and, perhaps, a bit too illogical and self-contradictory] to digest; perhaps, Wilson also projected something of his own on Jung, as we all do). In any case, there is a sense of boredom that arises towards the end of the book (I guess Wilson’s attitude towards Jung is somewhat similar to that of Ken Wilber, who has always been a bit reluctant to build upon Jung’s work). Then at the very end of it suddenly there is a metamorphosis, and the same ol’ optimistic Colin Wilson returns, as especially is evidenced by the concluding remarks and the appendix essay on active imagination. In fact, this essay is very valuable in itself, can be read and re-read, for it offers some crucial understandings of this method, one of the primary Jung’s discoveries. I find “C. G. Jung: Lord of the Underworld” to have been remarkably useful, though it is not a book for someone who is seeking to become inspired by Jung’s work; rather, it is the author’s attempt to follow Jung’s work in an impartial and just way, at times suppressing his obvious frustrations as regards to Jung. My own hypothesis here is that Jung’s figure—as figures of such magnitude—is much to digest (and authentically identify with), and any commenter is bound to start facing their own psychoactive material or at least get in sync with the demons that obviously both tortured and guided C. G. Jung, this lord of the psychic underworld.
The author is no fan of Jung and in a way, judging from his description of Jung's early inner life, he doesn't really get him. I learned more about Jung the man from the first paragraph alone of his wonderful autobiography. That said I was happy to read a critical analysis of Jungs writings and also to learn about those aspects of his private life that didn'tmake it in to his autobiography, namely his extramarital affairs and at times cantankerous nature! So, glad to have read it but wouldn't recommend highly.
The author provides many novel insights into the character and personal history of Jung. Many of the stories he provides I hadn't come across elsewhere. For those interested in finding out more about one of the key thinkers in psychotherapy, I can recommend this thin paperback which can fit easily into your back pocket or can be read in the bath if you spray it with silicon beforehand.