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Man & His Symbols Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, 31 March 1999

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  • ASIN : 0440351839
  • Publisher : BANTAM DELL; 1st edition (31 March 1999)
  • Language : English
  • Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780440351832
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0440351832
  • Dimensions : 10.54 x 2.67 x 17.27 cm
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"This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his firsat attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public. . . . What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human beings."--Guardian

"Straighforward to read and rich in suggestion."--John Barkham, Saturday Review Syndicate

"This book will be a resounding success for those who read it."--Galveston News-Tribune

"A magnificent achievement."--Main Currents

"Factual and revealing."--Atlanta Times

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Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung's own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Classic book- presented poorly.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for life
Reviewed in India on 26 October 2020
There's this famous Buddhist parable that I'm often reminded from a book that I'd read few years ago. A Surgeon rushes to begin the work of saving the life of a man who got struck in the chest with a poison arrow but the man resists. He first wants to know the name of the fletcher who fashioned the arrow’s shaft, genus of the wood from which it was cut, name of the horse upon which he rode, and a thousand others that have no bearing upon his present suffering or his ultimate survival. The man needs to get his priorities straight that his commitment to thinking about the world results from a basic misunderstanding of his predicament. 
We might be dimly aware that only acquiring conceptual knowledge will not help us move any forward but only a delusion of the same when it comes to dealing with the human problems in totality.
"In a period of human history when all available energy is spent in the investigation of nature, very little attention is paid to the essence of man, which is his psyche, although many researches are made into its conscious functions. But the really complex and unfamiliar part of the mind, from which symbols are produced, is still virtually unexplored. It seems almost incredible that though we receive signals from it every night, deciphering these communications seems too tedious for any but a very few people to be bothered with it. Man’s greatest instrument, his psyche, is little thought of, and it is often directly mistrusted and despised. 'It’s only psychological' too often means: It is nothing."
This book has great dynamic parts concerning some of the major lifetime works of Jung presented in laymen vocubulary for public consumption. The contents might give it all a new perspective to the fundamentalists on the both sides of rationalism and religionisms. I have lots to say but saying a lot would do nothing when we keep seeing the world as we are than as it is. 
"If the reader should feel stimulated to work further on the investigation and assimilation of the unconscious—which always begins by working on oneself—the purpose of this book would be fulfilled."
Man and His Symbols (1964) ~ Carl Jung et al
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Bill Leacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, revealing and and excellent read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2014
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Jad Berrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Jung on symbols and dreams
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but also academic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2021
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