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    Has anyone read any good Jungian books? I have some queued but I haven't read any recently, and I haven't read many at all besides some of Jung's essays and Gulenko. What's probably more interesting than Jung's psychological types which he didn't work on much in his life would be the archetypes. Most of my books I'd like to read are about his archetypes rather than psychological types, though of course the one called Psychological Types is a classic and reading the original socionics, MBTI, and even Gulenko books also seems worthwhile.

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    Reading Jung has changed my view on him a lot. I just see it as real psychology and study of human life. He is challenging but he is not as incomprehensible as some people think. He is also a lot more down-to-earth and realistic than the common view of him as a "mystic" or some "alternative psychology". He has been able to capture the psyche itself as an object of study - that's what's so unique - a very inpopular approach today.
    I started by reading von Franz because she is more pedagogic than Jung. Jungian books can be worth reading for those who can stand a heavy Ti approach.

    By Jung himself:

    Modern man in search of a soul
    The undiscovered Self (misleading titel, he talks more about the state of humanity and its psychological development)
    Memories, dreams, reflections (his self-biography)

    And by Marie-Louise von Franz:

    The problem of the Puer Aeternus
    Alchemy - and introduction to the symbolism and the psychology

    By Erich Neumann:

    The Origins and History of Consciousness

    By several authors:

    Man and his symbols
    A true sense-perception certainly exists, but it always looks as though objects were not so much forcing their way into the subject in their own right as that the subject were seeing things quite differently, or saw quite other things than the rest of mankind. As a matter of fact, the subject perceives the same things as everybody else, only, he never stops at the purely objective effect, but concerns himself with the subjective perception released by the objective stimulus.
    (Jung on Si)


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