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)
This is not easy listening but well worth the effort. I found myself taking a break to lighter material and then coming back to it.
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.
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.
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.
"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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