Rating- 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Amazon Ratings- 4.4 out of 5 Stars
Price- 52.34 (hardback, limited left!), 7.52 (paperback)
Pros- Easy to understand, cheap paperback, integration of science and religion, easy read due to length, CARL JUNG WROTE IT!
Cons- Expensive hardback, focus on communism which was a huge threat during his time, atheist and communist may not like what he has to say about atheism (critical but not mean), dogmatic people may not like it either (again, critical but not mean)
A Masterpiece by the Amazing Man Himself!
Okay, so you all know how much I admire Carl Jung. His work is vital for psychology and important for those who study the Occult too.
Carl Jung actually was a fan of Alchemy toward his later years, writing about it extensively, which I promise you I will get into in later post, when I reread those books, so I can write a proper review on them.
The Undiscovered Self is one of my favorite writings of Dr. Jung because it deals with important topics of religion and politics. Naturally, someone like me, who loves controversy, would like this book!
Controversial, but needed Truth for our day
I believe that communism is a very real threat to our society today, as the communist nations are strong, and on top of that, there is a small, but active, community here in the states advocating for the overthrow of the current government, and ushering in of communism.
Even if communism is not a threat, though, The Undiscovered Self is good to have because Dr. Jung talks about the importance of rebelling against a government that tries to control its people.
Communist are not the only ones!
Though he goes after the communist and the atheistic government in this book, he also goes after the dogmatists as well! What is a dogmatist? It is a person who says you must follow their beliefs or you are doomed to hell, or whatever.
You see, after reading The Undiscovered Self, I was surprised to see that Carl Jung had an idea on religion that is similar to what we view as spirituality in today time. Religion to him was a personal thing, that each individual must find within himself, and it’s based on the Collective Unconscious of mankind, and the symbols therein.
He viewed dogma as what we view religion today. A way of seeing life that says everyone else must live this way or be doomed. It’s interesting that he compared the dogmatist as one in line with the communist as both have the same goal of fear and control of another.
Why not a full five Stars?
I felt like this book is a great book for people who are into the occult and into politics in general, but it’s not for the general public, who will not always enjoy a book like this, and that’s okay!
Also, because of its strong condemnation of communism, it is clear that communism was an existential threat in Jung’s time, and that is undeniable. With China being rule by Mao, who caused the deaths of millions in his country, Stalin and the murders of his people, and the Korean war, there was a lot to worry about.
Jung even talks about the Berlin wall, which separated family members from one another. So this was something he had to deal with on a daily basis. Sure, communism is still a huge threat. But it is nothing compared to what it used to be, and hopefully, it diminishes even more.
Who is this for?
1. Psychology Majors
2. Political people
3. Religion enthusiasts
4. Those who are interested in the Occult and Self Knowledge
5. Those interested in being civil people who want to protect their rights
Who it is not for
1. Closed minded people
2. People who are die hard communists
3. People who are die hard dogmatists
So Now What?
I know that there is a lot to take in about this book! It has a lot going on for it, and I’m about to add a little more, especially for those who study the Occult!
This book is great for those who study the Occult simply because it talks about finding who we are, based off what is inside of us. In the Occult, we practice ceremonial magick to learn more about ourselves, to become one with who we truly are as a human being. I believe that this can be found within the Collective Unconscious. If you would like to learn more about the Collective Unconscious, click here! I have made a few posts about it!
With all that being said it’s time to get your copy! You don’t want to pass this book up! It’s a great book to start off with when reading Jung, because it is a light and easy read!
Before I go, I will also leave you a video here. It is a video of Carl Jung, and you can watch it and see how profound this man really was. He had a deep understanding of the human psyche, and it is quite scary at times, some things he knew.
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