Memories, Dreams, Reflections

  • by C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by James Cameron Stewart
  • 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings. It is these that make up the singularity of my life, and with these my autobiography deals.' (Carl Gustav Jung)
In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking. The result is an absorbing piece of self-analysis: a frank statement of faith, philosophy and principles from one of the great explorers of the human mind.
Covering everything from Sigmund Freud, analytical psychology and Jungian dream interpretation to a forthright discussion of world myths and religions, including Christianity, Buddhism and other religions, these final reflections on an extraordinary life are a fitting coda to the work of Carl Gustav Jung. It was Jung who observed and named key human characteristics such as the introvert, the extrovert, the animus, the anima, and other concepts such as archetypes (the wise old man, the mother), the collective unconscious, the complex and many more.
His studies took him into many fields - religion, anthropology, archeology and literature - which instructed his clinical work. This extraordinary breadth gave him views of humanity and culture that still resonate deeply.
Memories, Dreams, Reflections is a remarkable document showing a man of great depth, humility and perspicacity. Once heard, it is never forgotten.
Aniela Jaffé's introduction is read by Elizabeth Proud.

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What the Critics Say

"Jung's single-minded humiity, his passion to unearth truth, is one of the loveliest impressions to emerge from this absorbing and many-sided book." (The Times)

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'Two souls in his breast'

Jung's autobiography is no ordinary memoir, but then you wouldn't expect anything ordinary from a man with such an extraordinary mind. From a very young child he was aware of a splitting of himself and lived in a world of shadows and visions, some of them deeply troubling.

By the age of twelve he was convinced that he was both a boy and a powerful, wise old man living in the eighteenth century. (School was not an easy experience for Jung!) His mother, too, had two personalities and spoke in two voices. Fascinated by Goethe, he discovered a kindred spirit and identified with Faustus who had 'two souls in his breast.' Jung's intense and unceasing philosophical explorations - rejecting Hegel, embracing Schopenhauer for his inclusion of the consideration of suffering and evil in the world - lead him to reject the religious dogma of his father whom he suspects cannot bring himself to voice his own doubts. Jung values myth, accepting it as the divine manifestation in human beings of what they interpret as 'the word of God'.

A generous section of the autobiography is devoted to the curious cases of Jung's clinical patients whose unconscious and conscious psyches, neuroses he strives to heal. Jung refers to the 'untrodden and untreadable region' of neurotics. It is into these realms that he ventures, explaining and arguing his concepts with absolute clarity.

This is a specialist seminal work and the narration is appropriately respectful without being sycophantic, and also admirably clear and helpfully cadenced.
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- Rachel Redford

An intensely cerebral and insightful work.

I had no expectations of this book having never before read any of his work. I had heard of his influence on bands I love, so decided to explore. No regrets whatsoever. I will dip into this into the future too as it is almost too much to absorb in one go. I normally ramp up the speed on audio books to 1.6 to 1.8 x speed. Not this one. 1.4 x speed was as fast as my brain could digest it!
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-03-2016
  • Publisher: Ukemi Audiobooks