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Is Carl Jung relevant.

  1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    What are your feelings towards the theories of Carl Jung?  I recently finished a book about symbols.  That is all I have read from him is he worth my Time?

    1. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      he is worth your time if you're interested in understanding human behavior including your own self, your thoughts, why we do the things we do, hidden aspects of your personality, dream interpretation... a lot to learn from him.

      Jung To Live By is a great introduction to his work. Eugene Pascal is the author. you can find books at the library also.

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Exactly the subjects I am interested in.  My local bookstore does not even carry Jung books.  I read one on symbols that I found used.  I will continue to hunt the used bookstores for more.

        I know Pascal I have read some stuff from him.
        Thanks, and thanks to prettydarkhorse as well

    2. AdsenseStrategies profile image66
      AdsenseStrategiesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Depends on your goals in life, and your priorities. He says a lot of thought-provoking things. He also claims to have derived his theories about universal symbols (at least in religion(s)) empirically, in some sense.

      Is one of your goals, or priorities, to think about these things?

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It is indeed..

    3. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      If you're for Psychology, Freud and Jung are the masters.
      If you don't apply psychology in your daily life, or you are not interested on symbolism or what ancient myths are about, I would find him irrelevant.

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I find symbolism extremely interesting.  Manipulation of the mind through images and such.  I use psychology every day in an amateur sort of way.

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          So Jung is a must for you ! smile

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Avoid Freud, stay Jung smile

        If you want an interesting take on Jungian philosophy read Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, it is a novel that is rife with Jung.

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          cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          you're as Jung as you feel.... wink

          ouch

          1. AdsenseStrategies profile image66
            AdsenseStrategiesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I thought it was "you're only as young as the woman you feel."

            Oh, no, that wasn't Jung, it was Marx

            (...Groucho)

            1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
              Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              lol I love Groucho...

        2. Arthur Fontes profile image86
          Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you for the recommendation..

    4. Shahid Bukhari profile image61
      Shahid Bukhariposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Your time, and disposition, are your own business ... I am replying because your question has appeared on one of my Hub Pages ...

      In Principle ... I do not agree with Freud or his pupil ... Jung... one over emphasising Sex ... the other, Rationalizing it, to within the Reasonable.

      Because in my Knowledge, of the Human Mind ...
      "The Mind is a State, which cannot be bifurcated on the basis of observeable behaviorial inclinations or physical tendencies ... such is a slipshod manner of understanding, within overlapping Complexes, leading on to insoluble Syndromes."

      Human Mind, in my Understanding, is distinct, from the Psyche ... meaning, Soul. In that Mind is the Repertoire of the Knowledge, of Creation's Totality, Granted by God, to the Humans ...

      You cannot Bifurcate The Knowledge, into the Conscious and Unconscious states, in Defining Human Awareness.

      1. L. Ray Haynes profile image74
        L. Ray Haynesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It seems the Knowledge has been Bifurcated for us.  The task according to Jung, by my limited comprehension is to integrate the Concious and Unconcious to heighthen our Human Awareness.  If you don't think the Knowledge has been bifurcated for us, then how do you reconcile the very obvious physiological division of right brain and left brain and the subsequent dependance of Qualities of Thought therein assigned?  Is it not possible that the Psyche, or Soul, is the crucible of the Human Mind?  I think if you were to remove the Soul, the MIND would cease to function in the brain.  The Soul is the conduit for rational and intuitive Knowledge to the Mind.  God is the source.  The unconcious is the Repository of the Repetoire,  the Concious is the Recital Chamber.

    5. Shahid Bukhari profile image61
      Shahid Bukhariposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I believe, he's good for the back

  2. EmpressFelicity profile image79
    EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago

    I'd recommend reading a collection of his lectures called Modern Man in Search of a Soul.  It's a bit more reader-friendly than the other works of his I've tried!  (For example there's a book he wrote on alchemy which is beautifully written but alas I could only understand about one word in ten.)

  3. WriteAngled profile image90
    WriteAngledposted 7 years ago

    I think it depends very much on your mindset. Jung is my great hero and I have read a lot of his work. It means a lot to me. However, if you are not interested in following up mythological and alchemical references, and don't see the relevance of mythology and alchemy to psychology, then Jung will not speak to you. Some people are also put off by the interest Jung showed in concepts such as synchronicity.

    The other main obstacle to reading Jung himself as opposed to books about Jung is that his writing style is very dense and complex. Why don't you try a couple of introductions to Jung's theories written by other authors? If these resonate with you, you will have more motivation to move on to Jung's own works.

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have read some stuff on archtypes and found it very interesting.  that was how I first heard of Jung.  I do enjoy mythology so I think I am going to look out for anything Jung related.

      Thanks, and thanks to EmpressFelicity too.

  4. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    yes because we still have our uncoscious and we still dream, we are not always logical isnt it, we dream at times

  5. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    he is worth the search. did you check amazon? sometimes you can pick up used books, or textbooks. Pascal is a Jungian analyst and is easier to read and understand.  you will find him very interesting and it sure has helped me understand a lot more about life and working with young children, it helped me look beyond behaviors.

    http://www.amazon.com/Jung-Live-Eugene- … amp;sr=8-1

    I found this on amazon if you want to check it out.
    sometimes your bookstore may order it for you or a local library.
    smile

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I have great relationships with all the local used bookstores and you are right they will search for books for me.  I like to spend my money locally but I do appreciate the link.

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    all the great philosophers are still relevant.

  7. Tonelise Rugaas profile image58
    Tonelise Rugaasposted 6 years ago
  8. sofs profile image85
    sofsposted 6 years ago

    I would consider Jung much more relevant than Freud, much more balanced and I love his later works published after his death.. awesome.

  9. kalinin1158 profile image97
    kalinin1158posted 6 years ago

    I don't really understand the nature of your question. You've read his book...shouldn't that give you an idea whether he's worth your time? On the other hand, it's like asking: is this Dostoevsky guy worth my time? Is Campbell worth my time?

    The language can be a bit difficult to follow (considering it's a translation, Jung wrote in German) but by God, Jung's worth it. His contribution to the western thought in general is so immense, and yet so underestimated (compared to Freud, for example). I mean he had a Vision. Freud had...a neurosis

 
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