Carl Jung's Life Book Review by Nicky

Carl Jung's Life
A review of Carl Jung's autobiography, "Memories, Dreams, and Reflections'' in which the author synthesizes subjects as disparate as psychology, anthropology religion, and mysticism.
# 146742 | 779 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2011 in Psychology (Jung)

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This paper discusses Carl Jung's autobiography, "Memories, Dreams, and Reflections'', explaining that the text does not dwell much on Jung's outer, mundane life but uses anecdotes and personal memories to substantiate Jung's theories about human consciousness and the religious impulse. The writer explains that most of the text is impersonal and theoretical, highly philosophical and existential. Additionally, the paper notes that Jung also comments frequently on the nature of organized religion as well as the prevailing thought about human nature and psychology.

From the Paper:

''Especially during the early sections of the book, Jung focuses on how his upbringing and early education impacted the evolution of his theories. Jung was raised in a fairly conservative environment, and in a religious Christian family. His exposure to conservative social values helped Jung to recognize how religion shaped human consciousness and vice-versa. For Jung, religion was an outer expression of the collective unconscious: a central theme throughout Jung's work. The collective unconscious is the great repository of symbols, archetypes, meanings, and motifs that is shared in common by all human beings. Differences between cultures, religions, and individuals are mainly superficial when viewed from Jung's point of view. Jung therefore values the world's great and small religions and refers to Buddhism and Greek myth as much as he does to Christianity.''

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