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Carl Jung

Wounded Healer of the Soul
Paperback Book
July, 2015
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Banyen's Description: 

This magnificently illustrated biography of Carl Jung (1875–1961), the Swiss psychologist who introduced the world to the concept of individuation, archetypes, and the collective unconscious, is less an outward chronicle of his life than it is a probing look into his mind and heart. Claire Dunne chronicles Jung’s life from a childhood filled with terrifying visions to his marriage and early adulthood in which he pursued outer, material goals, through his mentorship and split with Freud, to his midlife return to the realm of inner transformation, from breakdowns to breakthroughs, to old age and death.

Through Jung’s own letters and writings and commentaries of friends, colleagues and acquaintances, this book portrays his down-to-earth, human side, with all the strengths and frailties that accompany the human condition. Readers are shown how his all-too-human qualities became material for his pioneering work.

Deftly interweaving letters and commentary with an extraordinary array of 150 ancient and contemporary images, including three of Jung’s paintings from his private journal, the Red Book, Dunne helps readers grasp Jung’s insight that the divine contains both light and dark. At the age of 79, Jung wrote:

A ‘complete’ life does not consist in a theoretical completeness, but in the fact that one accepts, without reservation, the particular fatal tissue in which one finds oneself embedded.

This portrait is accessible to readers familiar with Jung’s work as well as to those first meeting the founder of modern depth psychology—the man who introduced spirit into the practice of psychotherapy.

“Even more striking is the variety and richness of these illustrations. From modern art to ancient objects, key motifs are made visible in the most striking way... The book itself is a work of art, the kind of enduring tome which is picked up again and again for the pleasure of the eyes as well as that of the mind.” —Olivier Bernier, art historian

Publisher’s Description: 

This is the first fully-illustrated biography of one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, famous for his pioneering exploration of dreams, the unconscious, and spirituality.

Carl Jung continues to be revered today as a true revolutionary who helped to shape psychology, provided a bridge between Western and Eastern spirituality, and brought into general awareness such fundamental concepts as archetypes, the collective unconscious, and synchronicity. In this important book, Claire Dunne chronicles Jung's journey of self-discovery from a childhood filled with visions both terrifying and profound, through his early professional success, to his rediscovery of spirituality in mid-life. Special attention is paid to the tumultuous relationships between Jung and Sigmund Freud, the unconventional yet vital role performed by his colleague, Toni Wolff, and the revelatory visions Jung experienced following a close brush with death.

The words of Jung himself and those who shared his work and private life are shared verbatim, connected by Claire Dunne's lively and accessible commentary and by an evocative array of illustrations including photographs of Jung, his associates, and the environments in which he lived and worked, as well as art images both ancient and contemporary that reflect Jung's teachings. Jung emerges as a healer whose skills arose from having first attended to the wounds in his own soul.

This is an essential work of reference as well as a fascinating and entertaining read for everyone interested in psychology, spirituality, and personal development.

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