Book and Movie Reviews

“Man and His Symbols” in 2017: A Current Overview

Synopsis written by Shane Eynon Ph.D Publisher: Dell Original publication date:1964 Introduction The key features that one requires in orientating themselves to this particular book is the unique ways that it came to be written. It is a book that stands apart in many respects from the rest of the published works of Carl Gustav Jung. The principle aims of “Man and His Symbols” was to aid the general public in understanding Jung’s work and ideas. It is also the last book worked [...]

Answer to Job, by C. G. Jung: book synopsis

Answer to Job was first published in 1952 in German and was included in Jung’s “Collected Works”, as part of volume 11. It was published in English in 1954. It is regarded as one of Jung’s most controversial works. In Answer to Job, Jung demonstrates his in-depth knowledge of the Bible; however, what makes the book remarkable is the fact that it is a personal and authentic exposition of the subject of human suffering as it relates to the Christian [...]

The Middle Passage, from Misery to Meaning in Midlife by James Hollis

This book review is by Lynelle Pieterse and will be explored in the bookclub. Follow this link to join the Jungian Bookclub. James Hollis received his Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, and is the Director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas. He is a frequent guest speaker who spends winters in analytic practice and writes during the summers. In his books, he elaborates on the theories of C. G. Jung. Contemplated [...]

COMPLEX, ARCHETYPE, SYMBOL in the Psychology of C.G. Jung by Jolande Jacobi

This is a book review by Lynelle Pieterse who manages the Jungian Book Club. Click here to buy this book. Complex/Archetype/Symbol in the Psychology of C.G. Jung (Bollingen Series (General)) Introduction In the foreword, Jung writes: “…the concept of the archetype has given rise to the greatest misunderstandings.” The book is a discussion about the intricate terms Complex, Archetype, and Symbol and specifically about how they are interrelated. Jolande Jacobi was an associate of C.G. Jung for many years. She is known for her [...]

The Undiscovered Self – book review

This book review is by Lynelle Pieterse, who manages the Jungian Book club and is on The Undiscovered Self, by Carl Jung. This is the next book that will be explored in the Jungian Book Club. Follow this link to join the Jungian Book club. The book consists of a series of 7 essays. In 1957 Jung was deeply concerned about the Cold War and Communism. However, the content is also relevant for us in 2016. The Plight of the [...]

Book Review: Ego and Archetype by Edward F. Edinger

Individuation and the Religious Function of the Psyche. This book review is by Lynelle Pieterse. The Jungian Book Club will be exploring this book during this month. In the introduction we are reminded that Jung “achieved a magnificent synthesis of human knowledge.” Through his work we have come to know the reality of the psyche and the phenomenology of how it manifests in us and in the world. We can therefore recognise the same phenomenology expressed in the culture-products:  myth, religion, philosophy, art and literature. The [...]

The Eden Project – In search of the Magical Other: James Hollis

A Jungian Perspective on Relationship “The Eden Project is a timely and thought-provoking corrective to the generalized fantasies about relationships that permeate our culture. This is not a practical guide on how to fix a relationship, but rather a challenge to greater personal responsibility in relationships, a call for individual growth as opposed to seeking rescue through others.” James Hollis, Ph.D. has a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is the acclaimed author of four [...]

Creating a Life: Finding your Individual Path by James Hollis

James Hollis has the extraordinary ability to make the work of Carl Jung meaningfully applicable to our everyday lives and this genius is apparent in Creating a Life: Finding your Individual Path.  The book takes you on a journey into living an examined life, a journey towards consciousness. But Hollis warns this journey will not solve all your problems or heal your pain, it will simply make your life more interesting to you. And who doesn’t want to feel [...]

Ensoulment: A Diverse analysis of the Feminine in Western culture

This a guest blog from Lorís Simón Salum, the creator and director of the multi award winning documentary Ensoulment, which we screened in Johannesburg and Cape Town during April 2015. You can visit the website for more information on the movie. A Message from Lorís Simón Salum Even though there might not be anything left to be said about my 21-22 year old self after you watch Ensoulment, there is one thing I rarely speak about concerning the making of [...]

Memories, Dreams, Reflections – C.G. Jung

In the spring of 1957, at the age of eighty-four, the Swiss psychologist and founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology), Carl Gustav Jung, set out to tell his life’s story, embarking upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (MDR). Jung described his life as being ordinary for his time and place; he was schooled, forged a career, married, had children [...]