[ Pdf Jung: A Biography ¼ number PDF ] by Deirdre Bair ë Bair gives a great exhaustive history of Jung's life, but as a psychminded person, I wish she would have done more on going into the theories which Jung created and how his personal life lead to the development of the collective unconscious, archetypes, etc.
She goes into more detail on Jung's interest in alchemy but mainly as it created and destroyed some of his close relationships.
Learning more about Jung and all of his nuances as a very private man who couldn't help but selfpromote relentlessly was pretty a great read, but I now want to follow it up with a refresher on his theory and view of humanity in the world.
I got through it.
A good biography offers insight into the times as well as the subject.
This account leaves the man isolated from events.
World War 1 passes almost without notice and World War 2 comes and goes without much disturbance beyond problems with the mail and rationing while living a life in isolation in Switzerland.
All the while this association or that is being formed around Jung, the leadership of each bickering about the purpose of the group and all hoping to find favor with Jung.
In short, Jung becomes famous, analyzes a great many people only a few of whose cases are described, using a method only touched upon, is adored by the rich and famous who flit back and forth across continents to see him and even pay for him to do the same for them.
He then loses interest in individuals, passes analysis on to apt patients, who then sanction their patient A wonderfully thorough and balanced portrait of an immensely complex man.
Walt Whitman, with your contradictions and multitudes: Jung is the proof of your pudding.
And Deirdre Bair serves that pudding up as a scrumptious and filling dish.
My one major concern with the book is that it doesn't delve as deeply into Jung's psychology as I'd have liked.
Perhaps I've been spoiled by recently reading James Gleick's meticulous scientific treatment of Richard Feynman's life (Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman).
This book, in contrast, is heavier on the purely biographical details than on the ideas, and there are portio Biography
What a big disappointment.
I spent lots of time researching to find the best book about Jung, by the most qualified biographer/writer.
Despite the author's sterling credentials, and a wasted week of reading the 640 pages (the rest being notes and an index), for the most part, I still don't have a clue about:
Jung's thought processes about "the collective unconscious", how he arrived at his conclusions about introvert/extrovert types, what he thought about an individual's unconscious mind, and so much more of many tidbits I've read about over the years attributed to Jung.
It was never made clear in what order Jung arrived at the above major ideas of his, and which theories led him to the next possible theory.
The book made clear Jun Deidre Bair claims in her introduction that her biography will be different because of her unique access to materials via Jung's heirs, who approved of her project.
She also claims that as a professional biographer and not a psychologist she has less bias.
While it's true Bair does rather well exposing her materials, her desire to present them objectively overwhelms the project of their interpretation.
Jung's thoughts and ideas recede behind clashes of personalities and petty squabbles.
Too much attention is given to wartime Zurich, a playground for spies and largely irrelevant intrigue.
Bair attempts to defend Jung from the worst accusations of antisemitism and Nazi collaboration, but the facts as she presents them are too ambiguous to make the case decisive.
Instead, despite her ministrations, Jung appears to be swept up by his own Germanic pride and unable
I didn't finish Bair's biography of Jung.
My surrender should say nothing about the quality of Bair's research; it's a doozy.
I got as far as 300ish pages before the breadth of names, concepts, and aside biographies (context to help the reader understand Jung's environment) convinced me I'd have to devote more time to finish the book.
I'm eager to move on to other texts, so Bair and I will have to part company prematurely.
I "did" get far enough in to see Jung through middleage.
(I would have liked to have moved into his alchemical studies.
maybe some other time.
) I tracked this awardwinning biography down in the hopes that it could reinforce what I read in Jung's own Dreams, Memories, Reflections and provide some measure of the man's shortcomings.
A thoroughly researched and for the most part well written biography.
Bair did tend to go too heavily into the machination of the Psychoanalytical Clubs.
Her indepth delving into the politics of the writing and publications of Jung's "so called autobiography" did veer off into the realm of the mindnumbing.
Otherwise a very worthwhile read.
This is a fascinating look at a complicated man.
Deidre Bair has managed to show him as a flawed man whose curiosity helped him create psychology as we know it.
His relationships are fraught with difficulty.
He is inconsistent and hates criticism.
He is constantly searching for the connection between our interior world and the exterior world of both mythology and dreams.
The description of getting "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" published will resonate with anyone who has worked in publishing.
The author's wishes, the editors' wishes, the translators.
It is a publishing nightmare, yet somehow the book got published.
It is certainly the one with which I first became familiar with Jung.
Time to read it again.
There's a lot of name dropping, particularly of his colleagues, professional acquaintances and analysands, not much insight into his central beliefs.
The one notable exception, however, is as regards his attitudes about race, the Jewish 'race' especially, given the allegations that he was antiSemitic or proNazi.
On the matter of race, and on the equally controversial matter of Jung's adulteries, the author appears to fairly present the evidence behind the arguments without herself adopting a stance except in such cases which are amply documented.
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