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Ego and Archetype

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This book is about the individual's journey to psychological wholeness, known in analytical psychology as the process of individuation.

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Edward Edinger traces the stages in this process and relates them to the search for meaning through encounters with symbolism in religion, myth, dreams and art. For contemporary men and women, Edinger believes, the encounter with the self is equivalent to the discovery of God.

The result of the dialogue between the ego and the archetypal image of God is an experience that dramatically changes the individual's worldview and makes possible a new and more meaningful way of life.


"A provocative book which is a lucid survey and synthesis of Jung's psychological concepts based on a fascinating mix of mythic tales. A penetrating attempt to show the reader the archetypal images of God that reside in his unconscious."           ~Publishers Weekly


"Colleagues said he was the most influential Jungian analyst in the United States from the 1950's until his death. Dr. Edinger believed that many neuroses were associated with the decline of religion and the dominance of science. He thought it was important for the afflicted to grasp elements of religion, philosophy, literature and even alchemy to heal and thrive.

He taught that the goal in analysis was for the ego to establish contact with a greater personality within the psyche, to strengthen the ego-self axis.

Dr. Edinger taught that people with neuroses or psychoses could benefit from an awareness of their spiritual and creative dimensions and from thinking in terms of the archetypes that artists and sages use. For Jungians, the term archetype refers to categories within the collective unconscious that often appear as literary or religious images of, for example, the Great Mother or the Spiritual Father. Dr. Edinger looked ahead to an age when the ideas of Jung would heal a broken world, and once said, 'Jung's psychology offers not only a method for the psychological healing of individuals but also a new world view for Western man which holds out the possibility for healing the split in the contemporary collective psyche.'

Dr. Edinger was a supervising psychiatrist at Rockland State Hospital in Orangeburg, N.Y., and later was a founding member of the C. G. Jung Foundation, in Manhattan, and the C. G. Jung Institute of New York. He was the institute's president from 1968 to 1979, when he moved to Los Angeles. There, he continued his practice for 19 years and became a senior analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles."   ~N.Y. Times 

Author Edinger, Edward F.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 318 pp.
Publisher Shambhala Publications 1992
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