Modern Man in Search of a Soul
by C.G. Jung
Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. Additionally, Jung looks at the differences between his theories and those of Sigmund Freud, providing a valuable basis for anyone interested in the fundamentals of psychoanalysis.
Begun in 1995 by Jungian analyst Don Williams, The Jung Page provides online educational resources for the Jungian community around the world. With the cooperation and generosity of analysts, academics, independent scholars and commentators, and the editors of several Jungian journals, The Jung Page provides a place to encounter innovative writers and to enter into a rich, ongoing conversation about psychology and culture.
In January, 2006, Don entrusted this site to the care of The Jung Center of Houston, Texas. The Center maintains this site in service to your desire to facilitate personal growth and development, to open to deepened insight, and to connect with others. In the isolation which the conditions of modern life and the advent of cyberspace often beget, we serve community by connecting people. Each of us have a separate journey, but there are many others on that journey with us. Our desire is to help people connect both to the life giving resources of the psyche, and with others seeking consonant direction and renewal.
Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.
The C.G. Jung Institute – Boston is chartered by the New England Society of Jungian Analysts (NESJA) and is dedicated to the healing discipline of Analytical Psychology. Our vision is to nourish the human endeavor for psychological transformation and wholeness. Our mission and task is to understand the human psyche through the psychological theories and therapeutic methods pioneered by Carl Gustav Jung.
The C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, founded in 1962, is dedicated to helping men and women grow in conscious awareness of the psychological realities in themselves and society, find healing and meaning in their lives, reach greater depth in their relationships, and live in response to their discovered sense of purpose. The Foundation is located in its mid-Manhattan brownstone, which it shares with the other institutional members of the C.G. Jung Center.
We welcome the public to our extensive program of lectures, seminars, courses, symposia, and workshops. Our bookstore offers for sale a wide selection of books on analytical psychology and related subjects, and our journal Quadrant offers interesting and accessible articles and reviews on analytical psychology.
The C.G. Jung Institute of New York offers a post-graduate clinical training program that prepares its students for a professional practice as a Jungian psychoanalyst and membership within a worldwide community of Jungian analysts. The training program is designed to meet the requirements for New York State licensure as a Psychoanalyst and students develop their clinical experience through the Institute’s Referral Service.
This clinical program aims to develop, within a community of students and practicing analysts, an analyst with personal and professional competencies in both theory and clinical practice. Throughout your training, you will engage in personal analysis, supervised clinical practice, and small classes that approach analytical work and clinical practice from both historic and contemporary perspectives. Within this style of training, Jungian analytical psychology is studied and applied in the context of an evolving psychological field where basic assumptions about human nature are assessed and applied to clinical theory and methods of practice.
The training program’s philosophy, institutional policies, and teaching methods are geared towards open dialogue, creative expression, and critical discussion with a small class structure. The teaching and supervising faculty have extensive clinical experience, are distinguished within the field, and come to psychoanalysis with a diversity of backgrounds from a variety of disciplines.
In addition to the experienced resident faculty, internationally recognized Analysts are invited to present their unique perspectives. Among these are Ashok Bedi, John Beebe, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Joan Chodorow, Michael Conforti, Mary Dougherty, James Hillman, Katherine Olivetti, and Nathan Schwartz-Salant.
The mission of the Institute is to advance Analytical Psychology – the theoretical foundation of Jungian psychoanalysis – as a practice that speaks to the basic human need for psychological growth and consciousness. The objectives of the Institute are to train psychotherapists to become Jungian Psychoanalysts as well as to educate mental health professionals in the principles of Analytical Psychology. The Institute also maintains a collegial society that provides continuing education and ethical review for member analysts as well as supports scholarly research and publication among its members to advance Jungian psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Finally, the Institute offers educational programs in Jungian thought for the general public.
In 1948, the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich was founded with the cooperation of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.
His Analytical Psychology and Psychotherapy belong to the psychodynamic therapies, which attach great importance to the unconscious.
To the idea of the personal unconscious, Jung added the concept of the collective unconscious. In this he recognized the primeval imprinting and basic patterns of human life which he called “archetypes” and which are depicted, for example, in myths and fairy tales. These basic patterns give rise to the development of complexes which mirror our individual relationship experiences as well as personal experiences and anchor them in our memories.
Jung’s theory of complexes helps us to understand personality development, relationship conflicts and psychological maladjustmentes and, on this basis, to treat them psychotherapeutically. Jungian psychotherapy promotes the development of one’s own resources and regards a psychic problem as a challenge to a real personal development, a process Jung called “individuation”.
In practical psychotherapeutic work, the interpretation of dreams, typology, pictures, sandplay and active imagination are very important for an understanding of conscious and unconscious psychic processes. The purpose and aim of working with the unconscious is to get in touch with the soul and with one’s individual creative possibilities. On this basis, Jungian psychology and psychotherapy touches upon questions of meaning and of spirituality.
The transcultural orientation of Jung’s work makes for an richer interdisciplinary exchange which is capable of exploring answers to the challenges of a globalized world and of multicultural societies. This aspect in particular makes Analytical Psychology increasingly relevant in the context of the modern world.