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Peters, R. (1991). Jung, C. G. Analytical Psychology: Notes of the Seminar given in 1925. Edited William McGuire. (The Seminars, vol. 3.) London. Routledge. 1990. Pp. xx + 179. £25.. J. Anal. Psychol., 36(2):248-249.
(1991). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 36(2):248-249
Jung, C. G. Analytical Psychology: Notes of the Seminar given in 1925. Edited William McGuire. (The Seminars, vol. 3.) London. Routledge. 1990. Pp. xx + 179. £25.
Review by: Roderick Peters
The Seminar is, as its editor remarks, the curiously synoptic title for sixteen lectures given by Jung between March and July 1925. Contained within a mere 158 pages of text, The Seminar makes a refreshingly slim volume, scarcely adding to the strain upon the shelf that carries the weight of Jung's published work.
Jung was in his fiftieth year when he gave these lectures to some twenty-five seminar members, most of whom have subsequently become well-known names within the Jungian world. It was an important and active year for Jung. He began it in America, a tour which included his visit to the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico; he celebrated his birthday (26 July) on the south coast of England; and he saw the year out in Uganda, when about to embark upon a paddleboat steamer which would carry him up the Nile.
One can sense in the lectures a rounding-off of his development so far, and the building of a platform from which to launch himself with a new creative surge. In summing up the work he has done so far, he describes in detail the connections between his personal experiences and the systematised concepts that grew out of them. To a considerable exterit this material is already well known from Jung's much later autobiographical book Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963), but the account he gives in the course of these lectures, both of his experiences and of the subsequent development of ideas, is much fuller, and comes with the further advantage that questions one might have wished to ask had one been there are in fact raised by the seminar members.
The bulk of the later lectures concern his concepts of extraversion/introversion and the four functions, intuition, sensation, thinking, and feeling. The significant ideas are all to be found within his earlier work entitled Psychological Types, but the presentation and examination of the ideas within this lively seminar group are often excellent and may well help many readers to see these influential concepts in a new or deeper way.
The lectures end with an appendix in which brief analyses of the novels She by Rider Haggard, The Evil Vineyard by Marie Hay, and L'Atlantide by Pierre Benoit are presented by seminar members and discussed by Jung. I had looked forward to these with some eagerness, but found them disappointing.
Overall, The Seminar is easy to read and interesting.
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