The Question of Psychological Types: The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and Hans Schmid-Guisan, 1915–1916

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In 1915, C. G. Jung and his psychiatrist colleague, Hans Schmid-Guisan, began a correspondence through which they hoped to codify fundamental individual differences of attention and consciousness. Their ambitious dialogue, focused on the opposition of extraversion and introversion, demonstrated the difficulty of reaching a shared awareness of differences even as it introduced concepts that would eventually enable Jung to create his landmark 1921 statement of the theory of psychological types. That theory, the basis of the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and similar personality assessment tools, continues to inform not only personality psychology but also such diverse fields as marriage and career counseling and human resource management.

This correspondence reveals Jung fielding keen theoretical challenges from one of his most sensitive and perceptive colleagues, and provides a useful historical grounding for all those who work with, or are interested in, Jungian psychology and psychological typology.

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About the author

John Beebe is the author of Integrity in Depth and past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Ernst Falzeder is the author of Psychoanalytic Filiations: Mapping the Psychoanalytic Movement and senior research scholar at University College London.
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Princeton University Press
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Published on
Dec 23, 2012
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781400844814
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Applied Psychology
Psychology / Assessment, Testing & Measurement
Psychology / General
Psychology / Movements / Jungian
Psychology / Personality
Psychology / Research & Methodology
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In 1945, at the end of the Second World War and after a long illness, C. G. Jung delivered a lecture in Zürich on the French Romantic poet Gérard de Nerval. The lecture focused on Nerval's visionary memoir, Aurélia, which the poet wrote in an ambivalent attempt to emerge from madness. Published here for the first time, Jung’s lecture is both a cautionary psychological tale and a validation of Nerval’s visionary experience as a genuine encounter.

Nerval explored the irrational with lucidity and exquisite craft. He privileged the subjective imagination as a way of fathoming the divine to reconnect with what the Romantics called the life principle. During the years of his greatest creativity, he suffered from madness and was institutionalized eight times. Contrasting an orthodox psychoanalytic interpretation with his own synthetic approach to the unconscious, Jung explains why Nerval was unable to make use of his visionary experiences in his own life. At the same time, Jung emphasizes the validity of Nerval’s visions, differentiating the psychology of a work of art from the psychology of the artist. The lecture suggests how Jung’s own experiments with active imagination influenced his reading of Nerval’s Aurélia as a parallel text to his own Red Book.

With Craig Stephenson’s authoritative introduction, Richard Sieburth’s award-winning translation of Aurélia, and Alfred Kubin’s haunting illustrations to the text, and featuring Jung’s reading marginalia, preliminary notes, and revisions to a 1942 lecture, On Psychological and Visionary Art documents the stages of Jung’s creative process as he responds to an essential Romantic text.

◆ 分析心理學始祖一生集大成之作.華文世界首次德文原典直譯

◆ 二十年臨床心得 ╳ 畢生思想精髓,一窺榮格思想的起源與發展


「心理類型不僅是心理學的課題,也是所有取決於人類心理的學術與生活領域的首要問題。」

——卡爾.榮格(Carl Gustav Jung, 1875-1961)


本書初版於一九二一年,歷經榮格本人八次編修,而有一九五○年的最終版本,集結二十年臨床心得與畢生思想精髓,是榮格著述中的一大里程碑,更是其最重要的作品。

榮格認為歷來對於宗教、學術、文化和世界觀的種種論爭,皆受到各種不同心理類型的影響,故爭執不休、莫衷一是。因此本書首先剖析人類學、史學、文學、哲學、美學和宗教學的發展軌跡,從中爬梳出心理類型的發展理路,最後歸納出八種心理類型。此法受到多位學者引用並發展,例如聞名全球的 MBTI 性格分類法。


榮格更指出,探討個體的差異對人類社會極為重要,既有助於理解個人對幸福的不同需求,更能讓不同類型的人相互理解並彼此認可,也才有可能構築出一個普遍適用於民眾的外在生活形式。


本書特別收錄四篇由榮格親自撰寫、發表的學術論文,其中闡明了本書的成書理念,並予以總結與補充,皆有助於讀者深入其思想堂奧。


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