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Author: Anthony Stevens Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN:

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Anthony Stevens argues that Jung's visionary powers and profound spirituality have helped many to find an alternative set of values to the arid materialism prevailing Western society.

This concise introduction explains clearly the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individuation of the Self. Anthony Stevens examines Jung's views on such disparate subjects as myth, religion, alchemy, synchronicity, and the psychology of gender differences. He devotes separate chapters to the stages of life, Jung's theory of psychological types, the interpretation of dreams, the practice of Jungian analysis, and to the unjust allegation that Jung was a Nazi sympathiser.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was a good book that did exactly what is said on the cover. I think Jung had a better understanding of how our minds work than Freud did. "

    - Steve, 2/7/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Gets the key concepts down but is almost sycophantic in its praise for Jung with no critical analysis. "

    - Marcus, 1/29/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I love the short introduction series and this one did not disappoint. "

    - Carol, 1/22/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Countless references to freud's reductionist method based on a reductionist reading of his work. It's a nice exposition but sometimes it lack's objectivity when approaching most controversial aspects of the theory. "

    - Castor, 1/10/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " made me wish he was my grandpa "

    - Aral, 1/3/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great intro to the life and works of Jung. "

    - Dan, 1/3/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good intro. Accessible. Does not dumb down or simplify. Instead gives a glimpse of the vastness and richness of the subject. "

    - Carmen, 12/29/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Baffled by Jung? Then check this book out. You'll get an excellent overview of Jung's thought. "

    - Jason, 12/15/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I think this book is an excellent introduction to Jung and his ideas. I have been interested in Jungian analysis for several years but haven't pursued Jung's writings or theories in any depth. I think Mr. Stevens does an excellent job explaining Jung to the casual reader. "

    - Lisa, 10/16/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Carl Gustav Jung was a genius who dared to turn his life upside down in order to better understand the impact of a person's inner world on his/her outer world and vice versa. It reveals that we are very complex, with many layers in our personality. "

    - Petra, 8/24/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Here's how the review breaks down: 4 stars for the ideas, and for what I've learned; 1 star for for the poor writing, cluttered with awkward transitions and (nearly) irrelevant asides. "

    - Tom, 2/28/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Exactly what the title implies, a short introduction to Jung the person, his personal development within the field of psychiatry, his contributions, and analysis. Perfect read for someone with an armchair interest in the field. "

    - Andrew, 10/2/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " doesn what it says on the cover "

    - Justyna, 7/30/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is a very good introduction to the basics of Jung's psychology and to the boy and man who developed it. Stevens does a great job bringing the development of the man and his ideas in to a wonderful book. "

    - Preston, 7/19/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I do not know the works of Jung, but from an outsider perspective I felt this book does what it claims; it gives one a very brief introduction to Jung's ideas. It definitely aroused interest on the topic. An easy read, never boring. "

    - Diego, 1/29/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyable intro to the man and his ideas. "

    - J., 8/28/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An altogether easy-to-read and brief description of Carl Jung and his ideas into analytical psychology. I found it informative and enjoyable to read without going into too much detail or, conversely, without being too vague or general. "

    - Cormac, 8/6/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good short introduction. "

    - David, 6/9/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book is an excellent introduction to Carl Jungian, his theories and practice of psychology and the value of dreams in personal awareness and growth. Well worth the time if you don't have the time to read his collected works. "

    - Craig, 2/5/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is a very good introduction to the basics of Jung's psychology and to the boy and man who developed it. Stevens does a great job bringing the development of the man and his ideas in to a wonderful book. "

    - Preston, 2/1/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I think this book is an excellent introduction to Jung and his ideas. I have been interested in Jungian analysis for several years but haven't pursued Jung's writings or theories in any depth. I think Mr. Stevens does an excellent job explaining Jung to the casual reader. "

    - Lisa, 1/7/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I do not know the works of Jung, but from an outsider perspective I felt this book does what it claims; it gives one a very brief introduction to Jung's ideas. It definitely aroused interest on the topic. An easy read, never boring. "

    - Diego, 10/11/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very interesting introduction, am now able to better understand my other book in Dutch about Man and his Symbols. Not for the faint-hearted; it is a short introduction but nonetheless written in a high level English. "

    - Cheski, 6/3/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Exactly what the title implies, a short introduction to Jung the person, his personal development within the field of psychiatry, his contributions, and analysis. Perfect read for someone with an armchair interest in the field. "

    - Andrew, 12/27/2008
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Carl Gustav Jung was a genius who dared to turn his life upside down in order to better understand the impact of a person's inner world on his/her outer world and vice versa. It reveals that we are very complex, with many layers in our personality. "

    - Petra, 1/21/2008
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Here's how the review breaks down: 4 stars for the ideas, and for what I've learned; 1 star for for the poor writing, cluttered with awkward transitions and (nearly) irrelevant asides. "

    - Tom, 12/11/2007
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " doesn what it says on the cover "

    - Justyna, 11/5/2007
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Baffled by Jung? Then check this book out. You'll get an excellent overview of Jung's thought. "

    - Jason, 4/11/2007

About the Author

Anthony Stevens is a distinguished Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, and writer on Jungian themes. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in addition to his doctorate in medicine has two degrees in psychology. His books include Archetype: A Natural History of the Self, The Roots of War, On Jung, The Two-Million-Year-Old Self, and Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming. Stevens is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a senior member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists.

About the Narrator

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.