The Mandala Typology of C.G Jung

C.G. Jung & Analytical Psychology

Whatever we look at, and however we look at it, we see only through our own eyes. For this reason science is never made by one man, but many. C.G. Jung

Towards the end of his life, Jung observed that the single most dangerous threat to our species was over-population with its accompanying environmental degradation and human misery and that our survival rested on the most slender of threads: the human psyche. And that was before the resurrection of a violent, obsessive fundamentalism in most major religions, devastating emergent diseases such as the Ebola virus, and the appearance of bio-terror aided and abetted by government-sponsored research facilities whose objective is to construct viral and bacterial organisms for which there is no cure. Jung’s seminal contribution to our continued existence through a lifetime of pioneering exploration into the depths of that psyche upon which our survival depends is now known as Analytical Psychology, encompassed in the twenty volumes of his Collected Works and the various collections of his Seminar papers.

One of the major components in Jung’s psychology is the model of psychological types he presented at age 46 under the title of Psychologishe Typen. Its appearance in English in 1923 was a major event and, over the next several decades was translated into every major language. There are those who think an in-depth understanding of this work provides us with an important survival instrument. I count myself as a proponent of this view and offer The Mandala Typology of C.G. Jung & Its Literature: 1903 - 2007 as a commentaried bibliographic contribution to its wider understanding as it has developed during the past century.

Now, if you’re reading this, you’re familiar with the internet and its search engines. To get some sense of where Carl Gustav Jung stands in the pantheon of major thinkers in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, go to Google’s advanced search function and enter C.G. Jung. Use either English or “any language”, any format, any time, and “in text”. The first thirty hits to appear include the main Jungian centres in North America There are, incidentally, 996,000 English pages and if you go for “any language” the number escalates to 1,320,000.

Since there are many overviews of the man and his work available on the net, it would be superfluous to provide yet another summary here. However, the best single summary of Jung’s Analytical Psychology that I’ve come across is An Outline of Analytical Psychology written by the internationally respected American analyst, Edward Edinger.

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