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Description: Jung's famous essay on the symbols of the libido

JUNG, Carl Gustav.
Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido. Beiträge zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des Denkens.

Leipzig & Vienna, Franz Deuticke, 1912. Large 8vo. Original orange printed wrappers, uncut. Some illustrations in text. 422 pp.

First separate edition of Jung's famous essay on the symbols of the libido, an application of psychiatric theory to the study of myth. It is an offprint from Jahrbuch für psychoanalytische und psychopathologische Forschungen III (1911) and IV (1912). In 1912 it was reprinted in bookform by F. Deuticke in Leipzig. In this work Jung developed his idea of the collective unconsious, defined as a stratum of historical structures in the psyche underlying the personal level that Freud had investigated, expressing itself in myth and other archaic symbols, and giving both shape and meaning to human life. Jung also asserted his independence from Freudian theory, criticizing Freud's concept of the sexual libido and disagreeing with Freud's classification of instincts as either sexual or self-preserving. The work was heavily criticized by Freud's adherents; two years after its publication, Jung broke completely with Freud and psychoanalysis to found the school of analytic psychology.
Carl Gustav Jung (Kesswil, July 26, 1875 - Küsnacht, June 6, 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung's unique approach to psychology has been influential in countercultural movements in Europe, the United States and elsewhere since the 1960s. He emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring other realms, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts. His most notable ideas include the concept of archetypes, the collective unconscious and synchronicity. Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern people rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of unconscious realms.
Good copy.
Norman 1190 (this copy); Garrison & Morton 4985.2; Jones II, pp. 161-2; Oxford companion to the mind pp. 403-5; Ellenberger p. 695.
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