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An excellent autobiography from the psychiatrist who gave us the concept of synchronicity.
This book should be required reading/listening for anybody entering the field of Jungian psychology. It is also valuable for anybody who want to see how a self-actualized individual sees the world and participates in it. Most people never unify their inner worlds with their outer ones - there is always the "out there" and the "in here" - but Jung was aware of this unity. Without this unity, how would synchronicity be possible?
I was surprised to learn how Carl Jung’s ideas were extensions of his own life, not just concepts he pulled out of the air. His ongoing life and career were filled with synchronicities and moments of heightened consciousness. I was already familiar with the story of the patient who had a dream about an Egyptian scarab beetle. As she told Jung about the beetle dream, the Swiss equivalent to it flew to the window of his office. The book has many stories like that. For example, there was the spontaneous splitting of a wooden table in his house, and another time the spontaneous and noisy cracking of a kitchen knife. Neither had been touched. There was a similar incident when he met with Sigmund Freud.
It was fascinating to see how Carl Jung’s internal life of visions and dreams participated in his work to assist patients. When he wrote his memoir, people did not speak easily about dreams and visions…especially when some of these dreams were precognitive and about the deaths of people.
The story of his own medical crisis, which started with a broken foot that led to a heart attack and then deteriorated to the point of death, was eye-opening. I was not aware Jung had experienced a near death experience. I will not spoil the story except to say his dream about the doctor who saved his life is just another example of how naturally psychic Jung was.
The narration by James Cameron Stewart was excellent. He did not imitate Carl Jung, so there was no contrived Swiss accent, but there were a few times when I forgot the book was being narrated by somebody other than Dr. Jung. Ben Kingsley achieved the same effect when he narrated the autobiography of Swami Yogananda. The choice of Stewart as narrator was smart.
It will be easy to listen again to this memoir. There is still more to learn from the story of Jung’s life.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
I loved the first three quarters of the book, all based on life experience but honestly struggled at times toward the end, getting lost in Latin verbiage and extreme abstract thought, but such is the mystery of Jung.
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Jung's autobiography is no ordinary memoir, but then you wouldn't expect anything ordinary from a man with such an extraordinary mind. From a very young child he was aware of a splitting of himself and lived in a world of shadows and visions, some of them deeply troubling.
By the age of twelve he was convinced that he was both a boy and a powerful, wise old man living in the eighteenth century. (School was not an easy experience for Jung!) His mother, too, had two personalities and spoke in two voices. Fascinated by Goethe, he discovered a kindred spirit and identified with Faustus who had 'two souls in his breast.' Jung's intense and unceasing philosophical explorations - rejecting Hegel, embracing Schopenhauer for his inclusion of the consideration of suffering and evil in the world - lead him to reject the religious dogma of his father whom he suspects cannot bring himself to voice his own doubts. Jung values myth, accepting it as the divine manifestation in human beings of what they interpret as 'the word of God'.
A generous section of the autobiography is devoted to the curious cases of Jung's clinical patients whose unconscious and conscious psyches, neuroses he strives to heal. Jung refers to the 'untrodden and untreadable region' of neurotics. It is into these realms that he ventures, explaining and arguing his concepts with absolute clarity.
This is a specialist seminal work and the narration is appropriately respectful without being sycophantic, and also admirably clear and helpfully cadenced.
37 of 37 people found this review helpful
great insights from an interesting man. changed a few of my outlooks and made me more accepting of alternative ideas
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Fascinating to hear the story of someone so in-tune with their unconscious. This book has undoubtedly changed me and opened my eyes.
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As someone with a recently ignited yet rapidly developing interest in Jung, who found his academic writing a little difficult to enter, I found this autobiographical story telling to giving easy access into his work, his internal mission and his world view.
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