Psychology and Religion

In this book, Dr Jung, who has been the author of some of the most provocative hypotheses in modern psychology, describes what he regards as an authentic religious function in the unconscious mind Using a wealth of material from ancient and medieval gnostic, alchemistic, and occultistic literature, he discusses the religious symbolism of unconscious processes and the posIn this book, Dr Jung, who has been the author of some of the most provocative hypotheses in modern psychology, describes what he regards as an authentic religious function in the unconscious mind Using a wealth of material from ancient and medieval gnostic, alchemistic, and occultistic literature, he discusses the religious symbolism of unconscious processes and the possible continuity of religious forms that have appeared and reappeared through the centuries.
Psychology and Religion In this book Dr Jung who has been the author of some of the most provocative hypotheses in modern psychology describes what he regards as an authentic religious function in the unconscious mind Usi

  • Title: Psychology and Religion
  • Author: C.G. Jung
  • ISBN: 9780300001372
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Through a little research I became aware of and interested in Jung's idea of "The Shadow," so I started getting my hands on some of his stuff. "The Shadow" is a part of every human beings personality. It is the other side of us that we shove way deep down inside and hope no one else sees. This concept is related to the idea of "projection." We project onto other people the parts of us that we do not like, or would rather not look at. So when we say, "O my gosh doesn't she look fat in that," we a [...]

    2. This is a brilliant book on so many levels that I am struggling with how to express my reaction to it. I look forward to reading it again because the ideas within it are dense and nuanced and evocative and will change as my understanding and self-awareness change. And of course, this simple encomium is a poor excuse of a review. So how to review Psychology and Religion? It is a collection of three lectures he gave to the religious studies group at Yale University. In this very short book Jung pr [...]

    3. یونگ همیشه برای من چهره ای خاص بوده.با وجود برخی از نظریات شگفت انگیزش گاهی انقدر روانشناسی رو با چیزهای فراطبیعی و معنوی آمیخته که به سختی میشه باورشون کرد.در این کتاب بیشتر روشهای تعبیر خواب روانکاوانه توسط یونگ ، آداب و مناسک مسیحی و نمادشناسی دستم اومد تا چیزی که میخواستم! [...]

    4. Having been exposed to aggressive Christian fundamentalism in high school and to similar variants of Judaism and Islam through the media, "the religions of the book" perplexed me a great deal while growing up. Some mystical traditions made some sense, but the exclusivist revealed religions didn't. Jung, much of whose work dealt with religion, promised early on to offer some handle on the phenomenology of religions.The framework of the Jungian take on religion is founded upon the idea of biophysi [...]

    5. "But what is the difference between a real illusion and a healing religious experience? It is merely a difference in words.Nobody can know what the ultimate things are. We must, therefore, take them as we experience them. And if such experience helps make your life healthier, more beautiful, more complete and more satisfactory to yourself and to those who you love, you may safely say: 'This was the grace of God'"

    6. ასეთი არაჩვეულებრივი ლექცია.და ასეთი შესანიშნავი თარგმანი.და ასეთი კარგი მკითხველიც, - ბარემ :))

    7. Jung says, "The soul is for the most part outside the body." What an extraordinary idea! The modern person is taught to believe that the soul - or whatever language is used for soul - is contained in the brain or is equivalent to mind and is purely and humanly subjective. But if we were to think of the soul as being in the world, then maybe our work would be seen as a truly important aspect of our lives, not only for its literal product but also as a way of caring for the soul. - #CareoftheSoul [...]

    8. بین 3 و 4 شک داشتم. خب فهمیدم که یونگ رو دوست دارم واقعاً. ولی مشکلِ همیشگی رو دارم با تحلیل هاش. فکر می کنم یک جور خاصیّت خود-تأییدکنندگی دارن. یعنی انگار به صورت هدفمند از قبل انتخاب کرده که کجا دنبالِ مدرک بگرده. از طرفی بنابر تعریف خودش از دین(دین عبارت از رابطه ی انسان است با ع [...]

    9. This book wasn't what I expected, which on reflection is fine because I had no real idea of what I expected. By the end it felt like William James mixed with the Aldous Huxley of Heaven and Hell, by which I mean weird stuff in the uninitiated modern psyche seems to match up with weird esoterica of old cults, so there must be some layer of symbols waiting latently to take their shape in all of us; and we should forget ultimate truth claims because if these things exist in people they are true for [...]

    10. escuchandolo mientras pinto, es impresionante los casos en los que nuestras neurosis, nuestros "demonios" toman posesion de nuestros cuerpos y se presentan sintomas psicosomaticos de los mas comunes hasta los mas graves. Te deja pensando si tu condicion, es un producto de tu psique, realmente invita al autoanalisis.

    11. This collection of three lectures given by Carl Jung in 1937 presents an early version of his mature view on the role of the unconscious in formulating religious symbols. The three foci of this book are a case study of a neurotic man plagued by irrational fears of cancer, a natural history of the generation of religious symbols, and a consideration of the psychological consequences of the crisis of faith that was striking the heart of Europe. Jung's case study is absolutely fascinating -- he pre [...]

    12. Jung attempts to give an account and explanation for religious experience. It's a short, readable work, but there isn't a lot of illuminating content (and not just because the field of psychology has made considerable progress since Jung). He uses the dreams of one of his patients as the basis for his three lectures, and tries to argues archetypes and historical religious experience from the imagery therein. Jung spends a good deal of time explaining different symbols (round, square, the number [...]

    13. يتناول يونغ في هذا الكتاب تجربته في تحليل وتفسير احلام احدى مرضاه الذين لا يؤمنون او يعترفون بالأديان بل يؤمنون بكل ما اخرجه العلم، ليكتشف ان خافية هذا النوع من الاشخاص تظهر في احلامهم عندما تفسر تفسيرا نفسيا صحيحا، وفي هذه الخافية جزء من خبرتهم الدينية، كما أسماها.ظننت قبل [...]

    14. Carl Jung's conference on the religious experience inside the realms of clinical psychology. El primer capítulo trata sobre cómo el fenómeno religioso es abordado en la clínica.En el segundo, defiende la función del inconsciente y sus contenidos para explicar dicha experiencia, y el tercero, describe los elementos religiosos desde su psicología analítica. Over all, I value his pragmatism: Psychologists do not need to judge if religion is good or bad, if someone's belief is apt or not. A p [...]

    15. I'm not sure if reading this has tapped into my subconscious, but I've been remembering my dreams twice in the last three days. That's the reason I'm even UP at this hour [5:30 a.m.].Whatever the reasons, this short book or LONG essay will probably keep me guessing.The Unconscious Mind In the first few pages of Jung’s essay, he discusses numinosum OR ---an English adjective describing the power or presence of a divinity. The word was popularised in the early twentieth century by the German the [...]

    16. Phew! This one was a travail. All right. The first section of the book is about Western Religion, which is to say, Jesus. Jung has this habit of getting way too hype about Jesus and alchemy, and then prattling in semisensical circles until he hits the end of a chapter, catches his breath, and lapses back into coherence. It is possible I don't care enough about Jesus to properly appreciate these episodes. I did care about his analysis of the Godhead, and his finally reckoning out what the Holy Sp [...]

    17. Psychology & Religion by Carl Jung is anything but a light, bedtime read. The book talks about the interdependency of religion on the human psyche, written from an analytical perspective of religion as something more than an entity that is man-made. In addition to some deep reflections on the inherent nature of original religious experience, Jung devotes a large aspect of the narrative to uncovering dream symbols. Unfortunately, my lack of basic knowledge around Christian theology made it di [...]

    18. Religion is not only a sociological or historical phenomenon, but also something of considerable personal concern to a great number of individuals. At the very beginning, Prof. Jung says his approach toward psychology and religion is not philosophical, but scientific. He also considers himself an empiricist and adheres to the phenomenological standpoint, That is, it is concerned with occurrences, events, experiences, in a word, with facts. Then he tells us some original use of the word, “relig [...]

    19. An incredibly fascinating read! This is my first time reading Jung, and his insights are invaluable.I have to disagree with him on some points, like the necessity for a Christian quaternity to replace the Trinity, but overall is worth reading.

    20. This was my first formal introduction to Jung, and though it was hard to follow at certain points, I mostly appreciated the message he laid out in these lectures. The most helpful themes I picked up on were the existence of the unconscious "shadow" self, the tendency of men and women to project their darkness and light onto others, and the overall positive effect of religious/spiritual experience on humanity. I look forward to reading more of him in the future.

    21. This was a fascinating read. In a text message the other day my friend called him a "pseudointellectual fraud" and "trust you to like such a man" but this really resonated with me. His ideas on the collective unconscious, neurosis and religious experience are awesome. Granted he may not have the logical rigour of some, but his insight by intuition is amazing.

    22. i'm only half way through this, but i have to say i'm really really enjoying it. after finishing barthes' criticism and truth, and starting the essays in grammar of politics which takes apart wittgenstein (so far through the lens of habermas and his take on rational agreed language and critical reflection), this book is a welcome addition to a stream of books considering the value of secondary and symbolic values of language. for barthes it was a distinct part of modernity and truly understandin [...]

    23. کتاب سنگینی بودالبته به نظرم کتاب های روانشناسی و کیمیاگری، راز پیوند و راز گل زرین کامل تر موضوع را بررسی میکنند.

    24. Neat Book Review #16 Psychology and Religion by C.G. JungPlot summaryThis is a short treatise, based on lectures that Jung gave in 1937 at Yale University. The book is divided into three sections. The first one describes basic tenets of Jungian thought and defines several important concepts - such as religion - in layman's terms, more or less. Thus Jung lays the foundation for understanding the rest of the book. The second section describes the treatment of a patient. He is a completely "enlight [...]

    25. There were many things I liked about the book, and I will try to remember all of them because there were were so many nuggets of truth about general psychology and psychotherapy without concern for religion.As a general point, I think the book converted me to sympathize with Jung over Freud in terms of psychoanalytic theory. Jung's theory of individuation and the unconscious is mystifying and beautiful, whereas Freud's theory is mostly concerned with connecting sex drives and infantile desires t [...]

    26. Normally, I would direct anyone looking for an introduction to Jung to his Memories, Dreams, Reflections; but this little book might just supplant it. Presented as a series of lectures for a non-specialist audience, Jung's approach to religion is a prime example of why his way of thinking is so interesting. He makes no claims as to the ultimate truth of religion, regarding the question of God as outside of his purview as a psychoanalyst, and possibly unknowable. Nonetheless, he finds religion pr [...]

    27. The importance of Carl Jung's work in psychoanalysis and the development of personality tests can not be underestimated. Also the need to obtain psychological balance within yourself is incredibly important to maintaining a happy and fulfilling life. But other ideas of Jung are not as solid. The idea that our battle with our own shadow as the creator of neurosis ignores the chemical structure and the impact of the effect the biological structure of the brain. I will give the book the benefit of [...]

    28. Very thoughtful examination of how the religion and psychology can serve the same purposes. As a scientist Jung didn't reveal his religious beliefs. He did reveal that there are some forms of neuroses, which due to our brain's inherited programming, which can only be cured through a religious experience. Hence the value of ritual to certain religions and groups of people. According to Jung the Protestant has a greater chance of becoming one with 'God' and being a free man than the Catholic. Howe [...]

    29. My final observations on the matter is that there are paths that lead you to the unconscious (dreams, trance, astral projection) and paths that lead you to the conscious (such as zen meditation, scientific inquiry). We are each balanced a certain way already. My world was overwhelmed with the unconscious symbols and imagery of archetypes and I was once so lost in that that I had to learn to become at peace with the mundane, to meditate, to gain focus and clarity rather than get more lost in the [...]

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