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Dieckmann, H., 1991. Methods in Analytical Psychology: An Introduction. Chiron: Illinois.

For those frustrated by the dearth of material on the actual practice of analytical psychology, compared to the masses of material on the theory, this book is what you're looking for. Dieckmann addresses topics from the initial interview through psychological types and the methodology of analysis.


Hogenson, G. B., 1994. Jung's Struggle with Freud,. Chiron: Illinois.

A reasonably balanced look at the fundamental philosophical difference between Freud and Jung. It draws strong distinctions between Freud's model of the unconscious and Jung's, and for obvious reasons comes out in favour of Jung's. The nexus of the problem lies in the logically incoherent structure of Freud's tripartite model, and the greater strength of Jung's theory of projection in explaining the nature of the unconscious.


Hopcke, R., 1995. Persona: Where Sacred Meets Profane. Shambhala: Boston

Christine Downing summarizes this nicely on the back cover: "Hopcke sees what many Jungians have missed, the imporant role that the persona plays in the individuation process. The beautifully detailed case studies make clear that these are soul issues ~ that the adoption of a persona is a serious, sacred, and potentialy transformative event." Hopcke notes that while Jung knew the importance of the persona, he tended to regard it negatively. Hopcke seeks to reform our view of this much maligned archetype.


Hyde, M. and McGuinness, M., 1992. Jung for Beginners. Icon Books: Cambridge.

From the excellent cartoon book series ...for Beginners, this is an excellent and sometimes irreverant overview of Jung's life and his theory.


Jung, C.G. (conceived and edited by), 1964. Man and his Symbols. Anchor Books: New York.

Jung conceived of this book as an introduction to his theory for the general public. He wrote only the first chapter, which other chapters by such Jungian luminaries as M.-L. von Franz, Joseph L. Henderson, Jolande Jacobi, and Aniela Jaffe. This is an excellent general introduction. If possible, try and get the hard cover edition. It does a better job of the profuse illustrations.


Jung, C.G. The Collected Works of C.G. Jung. Princeton University Press: Princeton.

Twenty volumes of the official Jungian canon. Some feel that Jung is a tough read, but if you've read an introductory overview then you have enough of a map to tackle the master in his own words. The most difficult volumes are those on alchemy, and prior to tackling these a good introduction would be von Franz' Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology. If you're attempting to look something up in the Collected Works , volume 20, the General Index is totally indispensible. While the editors have attempted to organize the volumes by topic, references to key subjects are spread throughout all volumes.

Looking things up would be much easier if the Collected Works were available on CD-ROM. At this time, Princeton University Press has no plans for a CD-ROM release, but if you would like to send them a note of encouragement, email Charles Creesy <creesy@Pupress.Princeton.Edu>.


Jung, C. G., 1989. Essays on Contemporary Events: The psychology of Nazism, trans. R. F. C. Hull. Princeton University Press: New Jersey.

Jung walks on some shakey ground here. Interesting reading if you want to learn more about Jung's shadow. If you want to also balance what he says here with some of his more insightful comments, grab hold of C. G. Jung Speaking, a collection of interviews of Jung which span the greater part of his life.


Jung, C.G., 1985 The Practice Of Psychotherapy: Essays on the Psycholgy of the Transference and other subjects, trans. R. F. C. Hull. Princeton University Press: New Jersey.

This is also virtually a text book. The discussion on the transference can be read any number of times and there will always be new nuances.


Jung, C.G., 1984. Dream Analysis: Notes of the seminar given in 1928-30, ed. W. McGuire. Princeton University Press: New Jersey.

This is a transcription of a case study. Quite informative and shows the importance of analyzing dreams in sequence, rather than singly.


Jung, C.G., 1968. Analytical Psychology: Its Theory and Practice. Random House: New York.

The Tavistock Lectures. 5 lectures which Jung delivered to English medical doctors in 1935. This book is an excellent introduction to Jung's theory, as he assumed no prior knowledge on the part of the audience. As Joseph Campbell put it in Book World, "This, surely, is the most lucid, simple and orderly introduction to the basic principles and methods of the Jungian science of the psyche that has yet been offered to the public."


Kerr, J., 1993. A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein. Vintage: New York.

Good sensational stuff. We all know that Jung was into polygamy. It's just that some people are more justified in doing it than others!


Maidenbaum, Aryeh and Stephen A. Martin, eds. Lingering Shadows: Jungians, Freudians, and Anti-Semitism. Shambalah Publications.

The best book I've seen on the topic of Jung & anti-semitism is Lingering Shadows: Jungians, Freudians, and Anti-Semitism. It contains articles by a range of Jungians attempting, with often admirable and painful honesty, to look at this issue fairly and clearly. The authors vary in interpreting and grappling with the material, but none of them are glib or one-sided in their comments. It is really a highly intelligent and subtle discussion about this complex and highly-charged issue. Some of the Jungian authors are themselves Jewish (eg. Andrew Samuels) and their struggles with the issue are particularly moving.


Nagy, M., 1991. Philosophical Issues in the Psychology of C. G. Jung. State University of New York Press: New York.

This is useful for orientation and background support in understanding the historical nature of Jung's theories.


Neumann, E., 1993. The Origins and History of Consciousness, trans. R. F. C. Hull. Princeton University Press: New Jersey.

This is a bit of a classic, but the theories in it might now be dating a little. Check it out if you want to "reach back" into one of your possible heritages.


Noll, R., 1994. The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement. Princeton University Press: New Jersey.

A sustained and well resourced attack on the Jung myth. A must for anyone who wants to gain a deeper insight into Jung's influences.


von Franz, M.-L., 1993. Projection and Recollection in Jungian Psychology: Reflections of the Soul, trans. W. H. Kennedy. Open Court: London.

This is virtually a text book. A must for anyone even considering trying to understand Jungian psychology.


von Franz, M.-L., 1980. Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology. Inner City Books: Toronto

Transcriptions of lectures von Franz gave to students of the Jung Institute in Zurich in 1959. She appreciates the density of the subject and does a great job of elucidating it and the reasons Jung felt it was very important to his theory and to the 20th century person.


von Franz, M.-L., 1979. Problems of the Feminine in Fairy Tales, ed. P. Berry. Spring: Dallas.

This book is also a transcription of a seminar. It shows the importance of breaking down the analysis of symbolized behaviour to its basic mechanics. Very lively and insightful.

RAD Meeting the Shadow, Connie Zweig (Editor), Jeremiah Abrams (Editor). Tarcher.

Meeting the Shadow remains the definitive book on the subject, with contributions from the leading Jungian scholars. Meeting the Shadow continues to work in the way it was intended: you can open the book to any page and find something to use. This remains a satisfying accomplishment for me. As my favorite review of the book said, 'Meeting the Shadow' reads like an I-Ching of the Western Psyche." Shadow is a great mystery. We all need to acknowledge and respect its power, its absolute depth. Human life is graced by shadow only to the extent that we embrace it fully intact.



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