What about
.... Jung?

Carl Jung is perhaps too easily overlooked in undergraduate teaching. Because scientific psychology, as well as traditional psychoanalysis, tends to devalue anything vaguely mystical, spiritual, or "transpersonal," Jung's work becomes a prime candidate for scapegoating and neglect. Precisely because Jung focusses on dimensions of human experience that are not readily explained by or amenable to more conservative perspectives, I feel his work needs to be explained fairly and accurately to undergraduates. Concepts such as synchronity, archetypes, the collective unconscious, and anima/animus are not just fascinating, but powerful in their ability to capture aspects of the psyche not fully explored in other theories. And I believe this is true even though recent research by Richard Noll (The Jung Cult , Princeton University Press) suggests that Jungs motives and methods in developing his theory may have been far from pure.

Jung's ideas have been particularly useful in the I Ching, Imagined House, and Shadow exercises that I use in class.

For an excellent collection of web links related to Jung, see Matthew Clapp's site located at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1581/jung.html

Drawing from the psychology graphics library at Sonoma University.


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