classic autobiography and introduction to Jung's work
focuses on his rich inner life,
premonitions, and insights into
the mythic dimensions of humanity.
From a review on Amazon.com
Dreams, Reflections" helped me to establish a contextual framework
for understanding the life of this truly seminal thinker and his
work. It is an excellent place to start before diving into some
of Jung's often esoteric and abstract essays, transcribed lectures,
of Jung's greatest achievements has been his ability to produce
a new vocabulary for modern man to deal with the processes that
occur where the personal psyche meets objective reality.
genius lies in his blend of deep intuitive thinking and strict
scientific empiricism. Jung's contributions are still slowly trickling
down into the collective understanding of modern culture.
--- a review
May 7, 1998
the greatest autobiography of the century, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
is a man's attempt to reconcile his own inner life with the inadequate
rubrics of his time: intellectual, philosophical, and psychological.
had the courage to disown Freud's idea that the unconscious was
merely a cause of mayhem for the ego. Rather the self, the archetype
of wholeness, both guides the ego to its highest fulfillment and
presents it with demons in the form of dreams and fantasies.
we take for granted today originate here: The idea that there
is a symbolic language that connects all minds which he dubbed
the collective unconscious. That men have an inner feminine life
and vice versa. The valuation of all religions and philosophies,
east and west, as food for the soul.
Jung is no dreamer. He was able to draw on Nietzsche and Schopenhauer,
as well as non traditional sources, to make his points. His intellectual
achievement is gargantuan, being that he is a 19th century character
trained by traditional medicine, and bred by Swiss Christianity.
urge anyone who is unsatisfied with popular psychology, religion,
and culture to read this book. It is a common inclusion in philosophy
of religion classes and is still read in psychology schools. It
is especially good for young people just coming to grips with
their spirituality, and for the elderly searching for a sense
of meaning in their lives. For those attempting to reconcile their
intellectual and spiritual lives, Jung provides a way of looking
at things, not a dogma or philosophy, that adds luster to both.
December 7, 1999
writings come straight from Jung's own inner experience and it
is his last book before his death in 1961. I have read and re-read
this work because at different times in my life I needed to re-evaluate
where I was and where I was going. Other books by Jung are more
intellectual and scientific, whereas, this autobiography has the
wisdom of a person in the later part of life and it was written
not so much to teach but to leave with us his legacy.
myself had a near death experience, I was especially re-affirmed
by Jung's own near death experience and his dealings with this
phenomenon. His acceptance of his own humanity and his returning
from this state to share with us his knowledge and vision is a
gift to all of us. It is not easy to return to our humanity and
deal with the sufferings we encounter but growth is the only evidence
of life. We have to come down from the mountain top and work in