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On Jung: Updated Edition


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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii Preface ix Acknowledgements xi PART I: JUNG'S PSYCHOLOGY 1 The personal equation 3 2 The unconscious 11 3 Metapsychology: Jung's model of the psyche 27 4 Personal development and the stages of life 54 PART II: FROM BIRTH TO MATURITY 5 Childhood 77 6 Adolescent transition 117 7 Early maturity 145 8 Mid-life transition 164 PART III: FROM MID-LIFE TO DEATH 9 Middle age 183 10 Late-life transition 221 11 Late maturity 225 12 Conclusion 255 Afterword Jung's Adversary: Richard Noll 275 Postscript 293 Bibliography 295 Index 301

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From the beginning of this book, the reader is aware of being in the presence of a seasoned and highly knowledgeable scholar and practitioner... The writing is clear and graceful... This work is distinctive, original in its organization, and pleasing to read. -- James Jarrett, University of California, Berkeley Many potential readers of Jung feel intimidated by Jung's style and the sheer bulk of his collected works. They could do no better than to turn to Anthony Stevens for enlightenment. He is an exceptionally clear expositor of Jung's thought. -- Anthony Storr This is the work of an extremely smart, careful, and widely read scholar; it is also well-written and imaginative. -- Wendy Brown, University of California, Santa Cruz

About the Author

Anthony Stevens has worked as a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist for the past thirty years. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford and, in addition to his medical degree, he has two degrees in psychology. His previous books include Ariadne's Clue (Princeton), Archetype: A Natural History of the Self, The Roots of War, The Two-Million-Year-Old Self, Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming, and, with John Price, Evolutionary Psychiatry: A New Beginning.


According to Stevens, Carl Jung's search for forceful father figures was brought on by his parents' failings; his love-at-first-sight meeting with his wife was a ``classic case of anima projection''; and his midlife breakdown was an archetypal journey. ``Brimming with fresh insights, this Jungian biography of Jung throws sharp light on the inner recesses of his psyche,'' said PW. Illustrated. (Sept.)

In On Jung, Anthony Stevens offers an informative and clear explanation of the basic principles of Jungian psychology... Stevens skillfully employs object relations theory in his analysis... His treatment of the history of Jung's family and the impact of its dynamics on Jung's personality is refreshingly honest."--John-Raphael Staude, The Times Literary Supplement

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