The chief disciple of C. G. Jung, analyst Marie-Louise von Franz uses her vast knowledge of the world of myths, fairy tales, visions, and dreams to examine expressions of the universal symbol of the Anthropos, or Cosmic Man—a universal archetype that embodies humanity's personal as well as collective identity. She shows that the meaning of life—the realization of our The chief disciple of C. G. Jung, analyst Marie-Louise von Franz uses her vast knowledge of the world of myths, fairy tales, visions, and dreams to examine expressions of the universal symbol of the Anthropos, or Cosmic Man—a universal archetype that embodies humanity's personal as well as collective identity. She shows that the meaning of life—the realization of our fullest human potential, which Jung called individuation—can only be found through a greater differentiation of consciousness by virtue of archetypes, and that ultimately our future depends on relationships, whether between the sexes or among nations, races, religions, and political factions....
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Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche Reviews
Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche investigates a nice variety of topics that relate to archetypes and dreams. Simply put, the overlying concept is that our dreams (or delusions) are not random. They contain symbols, symbols that can be useful in psychological analysis, personal self knowledge, or in making decisions about our lives. The biggest problem is interpreting these meanings. This can be quite a complex task as these elements actually reflect archetypes from historical, religious, and mythological sources imbedded in our individual psyches. Essentially, differing cultural, religious, or historical backgrounds cause the archetypes to appear in slightly different ways for each person. Thus, not only do the archetypal symbols from our dreams (or delusions) need to be recognized as part of their greater story or meaning but also related to the needs and personal understanding of the individual. Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche would make an excellent text book for a class on archetypes and dreams. The material presented is detailed enough to adequately present a range of interconnecting concepts while still keeping to the main focus. Furthermore, each topic provides plenty of examples that would be perfect for class discussions. I'd sign up for such a class in a second.
Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche, by Marie-Louise von Franz, integrates Jungian ideas of the form and formless, material and divine, finite and infinite. I love her material as articles, essays, and lectures in one volume, and there are three others in this valuable collection. Using her diagram of the structure of the unconscious maps showing ego consciousness, personal unconsciousness, group unconsciousness, subconsciousness of large-scale national unities, and universal archetypal structures, I recognized more of these unseen, immeasurable elements. Peering into ego consciousness, she unveils the atomic nucleus of the psyche called the Self portrayed in myths, sages, and dreams. The proper role of the ego in psychic totality is required in one's individuation. Her last chapter discusses Jung's Discovery of Self ("Die Selbsterfahryng bei C. G. Jung") whether Christianity's ideas of life or death can midwife the spontaneous and subconscious life of the psyche, or do we rely on God, divine, spirit to solve our problems. Optimistically, she and I believe that only an individual can do it.
This volume is the fourth in a series of collected essays and generally pertains to the manifestation of archetypal phenomena encountered during the individuation process as defined by Carl Jung.The fact that the book is one of a series is of little consequence as many of the authors lectures/essays presume that the audience has little or no background knowledge on Jungian psychology,in spite of this she still manages to explore the areas in question with a depth that other authors fail to reach in more academic works, and it is a testament to her understanding of the subject at a higher level than many of her contemporaries.Repetition does occur briefly and is the only evidence that this book is a collection of essays,rather than written purposefully around its title.Although some prior knowledge in this field is required to get the best out of it I find it unlikely that you'd come to this book without it
M.L. Von Franz was one of Jung's greatest expositors, and this volume is a treasure box of her analysis. The fourth and final in a series of her anthologized writings from Shambala, the book shows the range and depth of Von Franz's work and, in doing so, provides a potent and thorough introduction to many of the foundational ideas of analytic psychology--individuation, the shadow, anima/animus, and Self archetypes, the collective unconscious, dream interpretation. Some of the entries were too technical for a layman like me, but most of the book was accessible and provided inspiration and insight into the mysteries of life as discovered through the inward journey.
Another spell-binding book by von Franz - you think, I can't get this, then you get it! You think, this is beyond grasp, and then she opens the door of your understanding so you grasp it! Wherever you may be now, von Franz, I thank thee for helping me see the mysteries more clearly.