Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : C G ioned. For citation of English edition see VII: ) This volume is a series of 11 more or less independent chapters, all but one having been given as lectures. Reviews the book Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C. G. Jung (see record ). Jung discusses dream-analysis, the problems of modern.


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In the translators' preface Carl F.

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Baynes provides some background to the material: With one exception, all the essays which make up this volume have been delivered as lectures.

The German texts of four of them have been brought out in separate publications and the others are to be found in a volume [Seelenprobleme der Gegenwart] together with several other essays which have already modern man in search of a soul in English.

Again and again, whether he is speaking of dream interpretation, synchronicity, or the collective unconscious, I see grand, far-flung notions with little basis in reality.


He speaks about Einstein's Theory of Relativity making his theories of psychic interconnectivity possible, and so demonstrates that he develops theories using the reverse of the scientific process. Normally, you take something you understand and then create a theory based on that.

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Jung instead takes an idea he shows no ability to comprehend relativity and states that it makes his ideas possible.

Sadly, one can see this same poor technique at work today, such as in the case of the 'documentary' What the Bleep Do We Know!?


It is true that there are interconnections and unpredictable events on the quantum level, but trying to scale them to the human mind is pointless. Just because an ant can lift a hundred times his body weight, doesn't mean a human can. The scientists interviewed in the film later spoke out against it.


These sorts of pseudoscientific ideas play into the personal narratives of those self-obsessed folk I was speaking about earlier. Jung himself gives us a striking indictment of this sort of person: They appear suddenly by the side of modern man as uprooted human beings, bloodsucking ghosts whose emptiness is taken for the enviable loneliness of modern man and casts discredit modern man in search of a soul him.

Artists and scientists often dress shabbily because they spend all their time and thought on subjects other than their appearance.

Their horn-rimmed glasses and v-neck sweaters are not magic totems that confer intelligence. As Jung indicates, when an individual falsifies an outward appearance without first developing inner depth, they become like 'bloodsucking ghosts', empty and entirely reliant on external confirmation.

It is unfortunate that the attempt by the previous generation of parents to 'give' self-esteem to their children has been just as destructiveproducing a generation of people with modern man in search of a soul great deal of confidence but no foundation to base it upon, so they collapse or lash out any time they are challenged.

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modern man in search of a soul But, looking at Jung's own theories, I came away with the impression that he was just as guilty of "overleaping the various stages of development" in his enthusiasm: In reading earlier thinkers--Hume, Nietzsche, Plato--I found myself constantly confronted with startling insights into human thought, motives, society, and relationships.

Freud's psychoanalysis was hardly the beginning of the study of the human mind. Yet here, reading Jung, writing with the benefit of the scientific method and with numerous studies to draw upon, I get none of these insights. It seems strange that the 'modern blossoming' of psychoanalytic thought about which Jung is so enthusiastic seems less productive than the centuries of thinkers that preceded it.

It became increasingly clear to me that I am simply not a Modern Man in Search of a Soul, for the same reason that I am not a man in search of gold bars. Souls and bullion might be nice things to have, but it seems rather pointless to wander my yard with a shovel looking for either one.

There are a thousand thoughts and activities which seem to me more promising.

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Jung himself promotes the importance of spirituality with a sort of Pascal's Wager --according to Pascal, an atheist who is wrong still goes to hell, while a believer who is wrong merely ceases to exist, so in terms of consequences it's better to believe for the record, Pascal did not mean this to be taken as a serious argument.

And while Jung takes the reader through a list of his theories of "types" and modern man in search of a soul contrasts between himself and Sigmund Freud a bit too lengthy, and in parts - unnecessary he later delves into more "esoteric" areas of psychoanalysis and explains how everything we experience is "psychic" and goes on to say that his "fear of a ghost" cannot be explained simply by rational, mental processes.

It's something else, deeper within ourselves. We can point them out among all peoples whose level of consicousness makes them in some degree articulate.

Where does that line stop between doctor and priest? Perhaps it does not? With rapid change taking place in Europe, with the rise of Nazism and Fascism and Communism, it was clear that "modern man" was looking for answers in "isms. And he framed it as being the difference between "aging Europe" and "young America" or the "American tempo," which continues today, although it is rapidly being overshadowed by the tempoes and youthfulness of other nations.

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