Basic Jungian Studies
This part of the web site covers a wide range of topics, from Jung’s life and career to the development of the modern ‘Jungian Movement’ and recent theories in a number of areas. The level of knowledge required varies from file to file, as you will see with a little browsing.
Jung’s life and career is a very short and simple introduction to this topic. If you want to know more, there are dozens of biographies, including those in the reading list.
Jung’s mob gives very brief descriptions of some of the more important colleagues and followers of Jung who were important in the development of Jungian ideas.
Jung and the post-Jungians follows the development of Jungian ideas around the world and some of the conflicts that developed between different Jungian ‘schools’ as they developed in different parts of the world. Andrew Samuels and Thomas Kirsch have written books on the subject and I would especially recommend the latter.
The files that are listed by names are brief biographies of some important Jungians.
The Archetypes file goes into Jung’s theory of the archetypes in a little detail, with some commentary about more recent ideas in the area.
The theories of von Franz are revisited in the files on fairy stories, myths and films.
The file on Peter Shaffer is my own interpretation of the meaning of his three great plays (The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equus and Amadeus).
Dreams is a very short and simple look at several theories of the meaning of dreams: DVDs of some interviews on the subject I had at the ABC are also available (see the file).
Jung and Religion is a complex area that will take some time to develop (there are several contributors).
Finally, Further Reading is just what it says. Some suggestions for further reading in a large variety of topics. This section will undergo frequent revision.
Jung’s life and career
Jung and the Post-Jungians
Marie-Louise von Franz
The Archetypes and other psychic structures
The Great Stories
Myths and others: In preparation. Meanwhile, check out Star Wars or any of Robert Johnson’s books.
Archetypes in films, other media and the arts
Peter Shaffer: Archetypes in Theatre
A CHANGEABLE BOOK LIST
This list is likely to change at frequent intervals. It is designed for those who have read at least some of the material on the website and wish to go a little further.
BASIC/INTRODUCTORY BOOKS AND VIDEOS
Man and His Symbols 1964 Aldus Books
A basic introduction, with chapters by Carl Jung, Joseph Henderson, M-L von Franz and
The Freud/Jung Letters 1991 Penguin William McGuire editor.
A correspondence that describes the frienship of Jung and Freud and their breakup. Good
Interpretation of Fairytales 1982 Spring. Marie-Louise von Franz
The best book on the subject available. And a good introduction to the writings of
von Franz. Really a course of lectures put into print form.
Jung 1980 Paladin Vincent Brome
Arguably one of the best biographies. Especially strong on the first half of Jung’s life.
The Psychology of Romantic Love 1987 Arkana Robert A. Johnson
One of Johnson’s best books. Traces the development of the idea of romantic love, using
the myth of Tristan and Iseult as his example. Very readable.
Understanding Jung. 1985 Dreams and the Search for Meaning 1992 Methuen
An excellent pair of introductory books by a noted Australian Jungian Therapist.
Power in the Helping Professions 1971 Spring Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig.
A most unusual approach to the practical effects of the shadow. And an excellent
introduction to this very original author.
Jung’s Typology in Perspective 1995 Chiron Angelo Spoto.
One of many good books on Jung’s theory of personality types. It is also worthwhile
looking for anything of the subject written by Otto Kroeger.
Remembering Jung 1990 Bosustow Video or DVD
A series of 24 DVDs depicting interviews with people who knew Jung well. Especially
recommended are Joseph Wheelwright, Joseph Henderson, Marie-Louise von Franz
and Laurens van der Post.
Dreamworks: A Meeting of Spirituality and Psychology 1997 Harper Collins Price
A good introduction to the subject, but hard to obtain.
Saint George and the Dandelion 1982 The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
Joe Wheelwrights lectures in book form. Simple and entertaining, but another one that’s
difficult to get hold of.
A LITTLE MORE COMPLEX – FOR ENTHUSIASTS
Note that the earlier books were mostly written within a couple of decades or so of Jung’s death. They are close to the earlier (and simpler) understandings of his ideas. There are some more recent publications below.
Balancing Heaven and Earth 1998 Harper Collins Robert Johnson
A wonderful autobiography. Easy to read.
Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology 2003 Cambridge University Press
A very important, if rather difficult book about Jung’s importance to psychology then and now.
A Most Dangerous Method 1004 Sinclair-Stevenson John Kerr
An enormous work on the Jung-Freud relationship and their relationships with Sabina Spielrein and others. Not easy to read, but a lot of material.
Dream Analysis 1984 Princeton C. G. Jung (ed. William McGuire)
Jung’s original (1928-30) seminars on the subject. Complete.
The Jungians 2000 Routledge Thomas B. Kirsch
If You Find Books Hard To Obtain, even from Amazon, the C.G. Jung Bookstore of Los Angeles (West Pico Boulevard) has just about everything available by or about Jung.