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This classic introduction to the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung is important because it is the only English original text he sanctioned in his lifetime. In his personal foreword, he wrote: 'Mrs Frieda Fordham has undertaken the by no means easy task of producing a readable resumé of all my various attempts at a better and more comprehensive understanding of the human psyche. She has delivered a fair and simple account of the main aspects of my psychological work. I am indebted to her for this admirable piece of work.'

Originally issued in 1953, this Introduction immediately became the standard first step for those eager to understand the varied work and thought of this remarkable man. Mrs Fordham explains her reason for attempting the work. She wrote: 'Most people have heard of the late C. G. Jung, often linking him vaguely with Sigmund Freud; and although the terms 'complex', 'introvert', and 'extravert' are often used in everyday speech, few realise they were coined by him. Jung’s influence has been far-reaching, touching many of the human sciences, and his ideas have proved of value in such widely differing fields as biology and theology. Many of his writings are technical, and even those of a general nature often appear somewhat obscure, but they contain a core of significance for everyone. This book aims at revealing this core to the reading public in language which is easily comprehensive and yet does not do violence to the subtlety and creative genius of one of the greatest modern psychologists.'

©1953 Frieda Fordham (P)2018 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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very dated

important and influential - yes
Jung's writings form the foundation of modern psychology, but a great deal of his thinking feels outdated, especially in his commentary about men and women. I found it hard to listen to at points due to the casual mysogyny found throughout the text. this is an interesting listen, but lacking the science and evidence that modern psychology demands of such big claims about the human condition.

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Brilliant book

One of the most enjoyable books I have listened to recently. You have to focus a bit to understand it but it felt like a very rewarding experience

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Great introduction to a highly interesting gent.

The reading and pace at which the information delivered is only second to the interest of the topic areas. a great overview and toe in the water for anyone looking to understand more about psychology and themselves.

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A great place to stay with Jung

This was the first book I've read/listened to from/on Jung. It's a brilliant place to stay and I'm eager now to read something he himself has written.

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An easy listen of quite a complex man's work.

I enjoyed it and found it added a new perspective to my understanding of Jung.

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One of my favourite buys of the year

One of the best introduction books I've read/listened to. Thorough while being totally accessible to a newbie to psychology. Achieves its purpose of taking the fear out of reading Jung and leaves you wanting more. Beautifully read at the perfect pace.

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interesting~☆

not my usual type of book, but I found this an interesting listen, the narrator is wonderful~☆

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Essential introduction to Jung

A great first step into Jung’s psychology. Very compelling and engaging narrative, full of clear pointers towards which parts of his work to explore next depending on your interest.

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  • Loren Moss
  • 02-09-20

A great introduction to Jung's work thought & life

I feel a little sheepish for diving into Jeung relatively tardy in life, but better late than never. Before jumping into one text of his or another, I wanted to get a general idea of the foundations of Jung's psychological theories, and also a little of the man himself. I found this book ideal, as it gave a very clear, well organized account of his philosophy and psychology - I think the man was clearly both, and also importantly the environment and backdrop that was so important to his formation.
This to my knowledge was the only English-language survey of his work approved by the professor in his lifetime.
I am glad I read it, I have a greater level of esteem for the man and admiration for his intellectual product. I look forward to continuing to delve into his books and papers.
This is a great start, highly recommended.

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  • Daniel Parker
  • 12-02-21

Very Good Inteoduction

This is a must read for anyone trying to understand how Jung’s theories apply to the American mind.

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  • Hugo Pestana
  • 06-10-20

Amazing overview of a genius Life Work

Great summary of Jung's life achievements and Key contributions to the Birth of modern psychology.
Deep insight into Jung's way of thinking and his main influences, inspirations and tendencies.
A must for every Human being, not only for psychology students!

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  • Lorinda radigonda
  • 05-03-22

Most excellent

A Lovely place to start learning about Jung. Usually I prefer listening to Jungs words written by himself but I am pleasantly surprised by Friedas attention to his voice.

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  • sleiii
  • 20-01-22

Man and Meaning

This is the place to begin if you seek a guide to Jung’s broad achievements and the processes he took in developing them. It serves as both a well drawn portrait of the thinker and his career, while functioning as a detailed map of his ideas and concepts. If you go no further in your efforts, you will still possess a working knowledge of things Jungian, along the lines of reading a first-rate travel book whether you visit the country itself or not.

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  • Ryan
  • 23-03-21

good introduction, cruelly oppressive

this dated introduction to Jung provides valuable insight into how Jungianisms have changed over the years.