Jung, Carl Gustav(Author). The Undiscovered Self. Florence, KY, USA: Routledge, /hselibrary/Doc?id= &page= 1. Jung in Modern Man in Search of a Soul, is here presented as a specifically individual Carl Gustav. Jung. The Undiscovered Self. London and New York. The Undiscovered Self: Answers to Questions Raised by the Present World Crisis (Routledge Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format.

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The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung. Chapter One: The Plight of the Individual in Modern Society. What will the future bring? From time immemorial this question. Introduction: —The Undiscovered Self“ is the title of an English translation of a the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, as well as the title of a Humanities. Jung, Carl Gustav(Author). The Undiscovered Self. Florence, KY, USA: Routledge, Jung.

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Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung These essay, written late in Jung's life, reflect his responses to the shattering experience of World War II and the dawn of mass society. Among his most influential works, "The Undiscovered Self" is a plea for his generation--and those to come--to continue the individual work of self-discovery and not abandon needed psychological reflection for the easy ephemera of mass culture. Only individual awareness of both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the human psyche, Jung tells us, will allow the great work of human culture to continue and thrive.

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Jun 15, Tammy Marie Jacintho rated it it was amazing. I read this book and I gained a greater appreciation of my own nature. Without self-knowledge there can be no growth. The ills of society and the destructive forces that plague us are due to a lack of reflection or willingness to do personal work.

To know one's self is the most important part of being human, because with self-knowledge comes compassion and integrity. As an artist and an introvert attempting to find her place in a society that is loud and demands that "winners" vie for a turn in I read this book and I gained a greater appreciation of my own nature.

As an artist and an introvert attempting to find her place in a society that is loud and demands that "winners" vie for a turn in the spotlight, I have often felt at odds with the whole infrastructure of success. Also, I have felt that the reasons for suffering were somehow mysterious. This book opened my eyes to the true cause for agony in our world. At the time, when I read this book, I felt a little like Humpty Dumpty. I felt like there must be something wrong —that I was broken or unable to find meaning.

I wondered, why do we so often stray from peaceful and rational serenity?

This book made more sense of the whole, explained my dilemma, and informed my vocational purpose in creating art. View all 4 comments. Jun 03, Roy Lotz rated it liked it Shelves: The conscious is the realm of the rational, the scientific, the social, the cultural; the unconscious is the realm of the irrational, the violent, the spiritual, the religious, the holy.

Jung believes that, in the past, when religion was more integral to our society, these two parts of ourselves were in greater harmony; but in modern times there has arisen a split, leading to a sort of general neuroticism.

The main problem is that we have attempted to suppress the unconscious completely, emphasizing only the conscious part of our nature; and this is a problem because the unconscious is the source of our individuality. Look again at the list of things Jung associates with the conscious mind: These are things that are, by definition, impersonal; they are the same for everyone. Thus the modern view of humankind has lost sight of the individual completely; we only attempt to understand ourselves statistically, as one part of a whole.

The result of this is that the few people who have embraced their individuality can easily become leaders, perhaps tyrants, bending the masses to their whims.

This can be done through ritual, meditation, or even by seeing a psychologist. Partly this will mean acknowledging and coming to terms with the violent side of our nature. Most of the time, we view violence as something confined to evil people, enemies and criminals.

This is a dangerous view, as it fails to force people to realize that the capacity for violence is a part of human nature, and thus lies within everyone. Until we understand this, we will be prone to being stirred up in violent mass-movements, since it is the people who believe they are good and peaceful who are most easily persuaded to do nasty things.

Freud also thinks that a source of unhappiness for the modern individual is our repressed unconsciousness. However, Freud thinks that these unconscious desires are so dangerous and illicit that they simply must be suppressed in order to have a functioning society. We just have to accept a certain amount of unhappiness, and try to minimize the occasions when our repressed violent impulses boil over into wars and exterminations.

Jung has a less pessimistic view of our unconscious desires; he accepts that they can be violent, but he also sees them as a great source of strength and happiness. For my part, I think the psychological premise in both of these works is simplistic. After reading Montaigne, the writer who best exemplified the chaotic torrent of our conscious experience, I am very skeptical that there is any such being at our core to get in touch with, and that we are, rather, like our thoughts, an ever-changing flux.

View all 16 comments. Dec 08, Kicy Motley rated it it was amazing. Everyone needs to read this book. In a society over-saturated with media and driven by mass consumerism, it is hard to figure out who you are as an individual. Jung argues that no society can thrive if individuals to not get to know themselves.

Not in the conscious "I like to read" sense but in the unconscious sense. This book is a lot better before you read it -- the distinguished black cover with its thought-provoking image: It's all so perfectly !

The year The Undiscovered Self -- a beautiful title!

But the book itself is basically an acidulous, slightly paranoid attack on Communism, tinged with a faint apology for Jung's onetime acceptance of the Nazis. In , Sci This book is a lot better before you read it -- the distinguished black cover with its thought-provoking image: In , Science and Progress were unstoppable, creating a monolithic state. Opening the book at random: Whereas the man of today can easily think about and understand all the "truths" dished out to him by the State, his understanding of religion is made considerably more difficult owing to the lack of explanations.

You can thank R. Hull for that flat-footed translation -- or possibly the problem is the manuscript itself, by the aging Carl Jung.

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He died in Incidentally, that passage I just quoted was highlighted in blue by the nameless previous owner of my copy a nice Mentor paperback.

That highlighter got started on the very first page, when the book is described, under the headline "Prescription for Salvation. Jung affirmed that the survival of our civilization might well depend upon closing the widening gulf between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the human psyche.

The problem is that -- as that first, random quotation implied -- the "unconscious" turns out to basically mean Christianity. Jung was not much of a prophet. Ten years after this book, the vast and monolithic state began to wither, replaced by niche-marketing, Hippies, libertarian Republicans and Jesus freaks. No longer was this passage true: The bigger the crowd the more negligible the individual becomes.

But if the individual, overwhelmed by the sense of his own puniness and impotence, should feel that his life has lost its meaning -- which, after all, is not identical with public welfare and higher standards of living -- then he is already on the road to State slavery and, without knowing or wanting it, has become its proselyte. Farewell, State slavery! Hello, Starbucks! View all 5 comments. Jordan Peterson introduced me to Jung thru his books and his videos.

While walking into work last week i stumbled upon a box of books in the trash and The Undiscovered Self just so happened to be in the mix, so I read it. Some of the material is above my pay grade however that which I could grasp I could definitely dig it. I would say this books shelf life has just had a Cinderella ending. View 1 comment. Nov 23, Ben rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book is as timeless as human nature. Cases are made in favor of both freedom delving into the strains of individuality posed by communism and socialism and the soul delving into the strains of individuality posed by over adhearance to most of society's organized religions , all through articulations centered around self knowledge.

Jung's main concept of self knowledge has to do with the power of the unconscious and the pulls from it's dark, simplistic instincts one's shadow.

Without se This book is as timeless as human nature. Without self knowledge, the ever-present shadow continues to be ignored, perpetually becoming greater in its danger and influence.

When faced with a situation that the conscious can't handle, the shadow comes out, typically resulting in negative actions. While these actions are acted out on an individual level, they collectively have broad social ramifications a more powerful state, an unthinking and overly dogmatized religion, etc all of which further inhibit the individual, creating a snowball effect. Jung argues that we must recognize and deal with the evils of our shadows through honest introspection, and through states of individual being that are not influenced by mass groups.

In this book he successfully demonstrates that if an individual is to thrive, he must be in touch with his full, undiscovered self. Jung's thesis in this book is that modern society turns individuals into a social mass where they are categorized by statistical averages that dehumanize people who are, inherently, unique beings who operate by "irregularity.

The modern state suppresses individuality with official doctrine, creeds, and truth and turns people into social units. To correct this situation, Jung sees a vital role for the individual's private relationship with "an extramundane authority" as opposed to mass, organized religion that taps into "the inner man. For Jung, the "puzzle" that must be solved is to adapt instinctive, a priori archetypal forms "into ideas which are adequate to the challenges of the present. Somehow, this leads to self-knowledge and health and, we presume, counters mass society and its oppressive nature.

Jung weaves many separate ideas together in a long, tenuous, stream of consciousness sort of way and it's not particularly clear what we will find when we tap into our unconscious and how that will counter the ills of mass society. Jung is clear that evil is built into our nature so the presumption must be that understanding this side of our nature enables us to control it somehow.

He also affirmatively asserts we must love our neighbor.

Where love stops, he says, power, violence and terror begin. Jung seems to have faith that when one looks inside, somehow love will find a way to conquer power, violence and terror. Human history suggests, however, that it's also prudent that power be held in reserve if love fails to do its job. That, it is evident, would make Jung uncomfortable. This is a summary of the human condition. Individuals, the dangers of capitalism and totalitarianism, and the role of personal beliefs and faith.

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All there. Mar 31, Mona M. Abd El-Rahman rated it it was ok. Maybe It was my high expectations for this book that I found it 'okay' with no brilliant insights. Oct 13, Rana Salah rated it really liked it Shelves: It is amazing how one, perplexed as it might be by our race, finds everything as plain as the back of his hand after reading this perfectly written book. I won't restate every crucial point made by Jung. Nevertheless, I would like to open up my thoughts about all the truths in this book, in brief.

For all what we have, for all the advan It is amazing how one, perplexed as it might be by our race, finds everything as plain as the back of his hand after reading this perfectly written book.

For all what we have, for all the advancements, for all the knowledge we gained, we are the victims of an illusionary world in which we constructed the tyrannical ideas that would, for now and ever, take full control of us depriving us of our basic human right: We begin squeezing our minds trying to find solutions to complex situations.

As a result, we get advancements in technology, sciences, and economics that would aid us in taking on our voyage on Earth until human civilization is annihilated.

However, as everything external grows and the need for professional aptness increases, our inner man, our unconscious, is shrouded by a dark, metallic veil. Self-discovery becomes obsolete and power is rendered the domain. We, as a result, succumb to the race's, or the mass as Jung prefers to name, demands which we aren't aware of the source form which they arose. Since self-knowledge is a matter of getting to know the individual facts, theories help very little in this respect.

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Any theory based on experience is necessarily statistical; that is to say, it formulates an ideal average which abolishes all exceptions at either end of the scale and replaces them by an abstract mean.

This mean is valid, though it need not necessarily occur in reality. Therefore what we take to be reality has the character of irregularity. But in understanding man ALL individual features are of paramount importance. In view of the fact that in principle, the positive advantages of knowledge work specifically to the disadvantages of understanding, results in somewhat of a paradox.

Religion as the Counterbalance to Mass-Mindedness In order to free the fiction of the sovereign state- in other words, the whims of those who manipulate it- from every wholesome restriction all socio-political movements tending in this direction invariably try to cut the ground from under the religions.

For, in order to turn the individual into a function of the state, his dependence on anything beside the State must be taken from him.Individuals, the dangers of capitalism and totalitarianism, and the role of personal beliefs and faith. Sooner or later the relationship reaches a point where one partner feels he is being forced to sacrifice his own individuality so that it may be assimilated by that of the other.

Add to Cart. No longer was this passage true: Nevertheless, I would like to open up my thoughts about all the truths in this book, in brief. At times, Jung appears to lapse into national and ethnic chauvinism, discussing the White Christian parts of the world, and the debt that White folk owe to the "dark skinned peoples of the world".

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