Need some help from intelligent people.

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April 28, 2007 6:56pm CST
I recently joined a paranormal group and there is some required reading in order to be a member. The 3 books in question are "A briefer history of time" by Stephen Hawking, "Synchronicity; An Acausal Connecting Principle", and "Jung On Synchronicity & The Paranormal", both by Carl Jung. I am about 25 pages into the first Jung book and am absolutely baffled. I always thought of myself as pretty smart but this book leaves me feeling like a complete moron....does anyone know anything about his works and if so, is there a Jung for dummies type book that may help me decipher what I'm reading.
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 Apr 07
He's not an "easy read" is he? I don't know of a Jung for Dummies although I think it would be a really good idea! I have read a book called "Jung in Context" by Anthony Storr (I think) which I found fairly helpful because it has some input from others although they are "Jungian Scholars" so a lot of what they say is also just about as clear as mud. I think you should be able to get it from Amazon although it might be better trying to get a copy from your local library rather than spending money on it just in case it baffles you even more!
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29 Apr 07
I actually saw the book you mentioned at the Barnes and Noble when I was picking up the others. I might just pick it up and see if it helps...thanks for the input.
@Fishmomma (11373)
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29 Apr 07
I had to take a class on Jung in college, which was one of my hardest classes. There isn't a Jung for dummies or I would buy it now for my daughter, who is studying to be a teacher. I found the book mentioned above to be helpful. Good luck.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
2 May 07
Yeah, I have heard that he is a difficult read. I found the following that might help shed a bit of light. They are of course, just one the opinions of the individual writers, but it may help you to at least see what the dickens is being discussed! http://www.essex.ac.uk/centres/psycho/publications/RMpapers.htm http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html
• United States
2 May 07
I'll take a peek at those and see if they help...thanks for the info
• United States
2 May 07
I don't know of a Jung for Dummies or Idiots guide to Jung or anything like that. I actually got really into reading Jung when I was 19. I actually just read and re-read until I understood. I also discussed his work with a friend who was into Jung too and it helped to combine our opinions.
• United States
2 May 07
Oh - when I was reading Sartre - (egads he's terrible!) my professor suggested I read other people's interpretations of Sartre rather than Sartre's own writings as it would be easier... so maybe you could read other people's works about Jung as background info?
@okn0tok (569)
• United States
3 May 07
I am with you up to Hawking's book then I am of no help. Try going to wikipedia and searching on Jung or that book title and you may get a fairly good understanding of his fundamental theories. I unfortunately have not done much reading related to psychology. Good luck.