Jung, C. G.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche




The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche

The Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Volume Eight

This volume of the Collected Works contains essays which reveal the main dynamic models Jung has used and developed over a period that began when he broke away from psychoanalysis and formulated his own concepts as distinct from those of Freud. The first work, On Psychic Energy,¬†was written by Jung in answer to criticisms of his libido theory as it had been expounded in Wandlungen and Symbole der Libido (trans. as Psychology of the Unconscious) and The Theory of Psychoanalysis. Originally entitled The Theory of Libido, it was begun circa 1912 but not completed till many years later (1928). Its importance lies in the clarity of its argument and the comprehensiveness of its subject-matter. Another and longer essay, On the Nature of the Psyche (first version, 1946), presents an extensive review of Jung’s theoretical position many years later and covers almost the whole field of his endeavour. In it the author thoroughly examines the concepts of consciousness and the unconscious against their historical background, particularly in relation to instinct, and elaborates his theory of archetypes, a subject first broached more than twenty-five years earlier in Instinct and the Unconscious (1919). Of the first importance for understanding Jung’s thinking is “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle” (1952). Here he advocates the inclusion of “rneaninful coincidence” as a dimension of understanding over and above causality. This more specialized essay is truly revolutionary in- nature. and Jung hesitated for many years before writing it; the subject was first broached in 193o, and eventually he published the developed work in a volume to which Professor Pauli also contributed. It contains hints for linking physics with psychology, as indeed the two aforementioned essays do also.

The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, C. G. Jung, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977

Second edition. Second impression. Hardcover. Formerly belonging to the Theosophical Lending Library, Gloucester place. Library stamps to end paper. Small line in in ink drawn to text block. Good condition.