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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 patients to analyze others The mast 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 portions that focus overly on names, dates, and other minutiae.
That said, there are plenty of references in the appropriate places, along with the background behind the theories as Bair mines it She accomplis BiographyWhat 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 1 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 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 Jung was wildly jumbled with his ideas, notes, the 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 in depth delving into the politics of the writing and publications of Jung s so called autobiography did veer off into the realm of the mind numbing Otherwise a very worthwhile read.
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 300 ish 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 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 middle age I would have liked to have moved into his alchemical studiesmaybe some other time I tracked this award winning 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 Dreams, Memories, Reflections w 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 translatorsthe family 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.
Bair gives a great exhaustive history of Jung s life, but as a psych minded person, I wish she would have done 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 detail on Jung s interest in alchemy but mainly as it created and destroyed some of his close relationships Learning about Jung and all of his nuances as a very private man who couldn t help but self promote 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.
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 Thus while Jung certainly did say and write about such things as a racial unconscious before the war, while emphasizing a collective species wide unconscious af Best books, Jung A Biography By Deirdre Bair This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Jung A Biography, Essay By Deirdre Bair Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You