Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the classic introduction to the thought of Carl Jung. Along with Freud and Adler, Jung was one of the chief founders of modern psychiatry. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology: dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion.
Public Domain (P)2011 Christopher Prince
"No one who is interested in modern thought can afford to miss this brilliant, literally soul-searching volume." (New York Times)
The text was very interesting but the read was robotic. A some point, I thought I was listening to my mac reading me a book.
I would recommend this to anyone who's seeking a basic familiarity with what Jung was going after. While some basic familiarity with Freud and Addler before hand would be helpful, he puts his references in enough context that they're not required, and these lectures can and do stand on their own.
In the first few lectures, Jung focuses primarily on the therapeutic process. Over time, we begin to see just how deep his theory goes, and that his idea of "therapy" is nothing less than the completion of man as himself. I found this progression to be incredibly easy to follow and to show how a clinical psychologist can make this move into the philosophical.
I've not heard any of Prince's other performances. I found him to be a little monotone (ala Ben Stein) and some of the accents weren't where I would have thought to put them, but his pronunciation was clean, his delivery crisp, and despite the somewhat academic tone, I would certainly be willing to listen to other texts he's narrated.
Personally yes because I struggle with finding time to sit down and digest something like this without loosing interest or falling asleep. With audio version I can listen while taking a hike, mowing the lawn or doing chores
The biggest thing that struck me was Jung's way of combining spiritual, scientific and philosophical. I LOVE IT! I think this is the closest to an all inclusive approach as I have ever heard, much better than "modern" cognitive behavioral therapy (aka "talk therapy") or a strict medical/prescription approach. The only way to really change is to dig into the subconscious and bring those shadows to light!
YES, no I did not cry or laugh but the "AH-HA" were nearly constant for me throughout the book. I stumbled onto Jung because it felt like every other author I have been interested in lately quotes or credits Jung in their own work ... so I finally went to the source! I am a definite Jungian thinker versus Freudian.
Top 10 of the 100 books or so I have read in the past 2 years!
One of my favorites. Jung is a true mystic and scientist. His words are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago. This is a must for anyone interested in the state of Modern Man (and I absolutely mean everyone who is interested in TODAY)
I would suggest reading James Hillman a man of true insight.
I suggest that this book is worth listening to at least twice as it is so full of wisdom.
Im fascinated by classic literature and great philosophic works. I did not know what to expect, having no education on Jungian philosophy and perspective on psychoanalysis, but this is an amazing work. His deconstruction of dream analysis and development of social taboos is really worth listening to, as well as reading. I'm adding this book to my library.
The reader is clear and expresses the material extremely well. I'm going to look for more he's narrated.
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance -it's deconstructive point of view and the ease of accessibility of the topics.
Audible is a terrific service for hungry readers without much free time.
That's my only regret: not listening sooner. This is one of those books that make a mark in your way of thinking about the state of humanity today.
If you ever doubted you had a soul, this book will make you think again. But if you never doubted you had a soul, this book will make you appreciate it from a different perspective.
Jung's comparison and contrast between psychology and religion supported some of the ideas I already had lingering in my own mind. This portion also opened some new questions, that still need to be answered.
There is a portion of this book that moved me so that it still surfaces in conversations, long after finishing the book: that's the portion of the role parents have in the psychological development of adult persons.
I love this book! it has lots of insight on the human spychi and it give you higher awe arnés knowing these secrets of the human mind and how to over come it for a joyful, understanding and prosperus life.
The more I listen to Jung's writings the more I want to study! for now I'm listening to audio books due to time limitations but i will buy the books soon.
"Great, insightful work.."
For those with little knowledge of Jung, I would recommend downloading the "A Very Short Introduction to Jung" by Anthony Stevens prior to downloading this book as this should provide a sufficient background before listening to this book.
This book is based upon a collection of Jung's Lectures and I found it utterly fascinating. My only gripe would be the narrators voice which was very American (sorry!!) and I found it distracted me when I can came to re-listen to the book. However I would still recommend this book.
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