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Whitmont presents the basic concepts of Jungian psychology in prose which is, indeed, intricate (one of the less pejorative meanings of "convoluted"); but there is no better overview and summary of Carl Jung's astonishingly broad and comprehensive theories. This is not and is not meant to be a "popular" book but does seek - and reaches - a general...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2000 von S. Mirell

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1.0 von 5 Sternen A verbose, convoluted, pretentious intro to Jungian psych
While Dr. Whitmont has some very good ideas to communicate in _The Symbolic Quest_, his presentation is so convoluted and pretentious that his reader must hack through jungles of pompous wordiness and sift through convoluted sentences in order to uncover the concepts Whitmont is addressing. For example, can anyone tell me what is being communicated in this sentence...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bum Rap, 26. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology. (Expanded Edition) (Princeton Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
Whitmont presents the basic concepts of Jungian psychology in prose which is, indeed, intricate (one of the less pejorative meanings of "convoluted"); but there is no better overview and summary of Carl Jung's astonishingly broad and comprehensive theories. This is not and is not meant to be a "popular" book but does seek - and reaches - a general reader who is willing to learn. The Redwood City reader takes the allegedly incomprehensible sentence out of the context in which it is embedded. On the page previous to it, active thinking is contrasted with passive thinking and thinking is contrasted with feeling. With that in mind - a "translation":
"Active thinking brings a representation (i.e. a likeness or image rising from perception) to a process of ordering and sequencing which establishes a cause-effect relationship between a given event and that which appears to [but does not necessarily] follow it."
Whitmont's next sentence points out that this interpretation [i.e. the assignment of a cause-effect relationship] is "imposed" upon the facts and because of this may or may not be a true and valid interpretation of them. "Pretentious" can mean "making demands on one's skill" - though I doubt that is what Redwood City reader means to say. In the sense of "unjustified claims of value" - which is probably what was meant, he is in error; but in the former sense, it is true, the book makes demands and offers great rewards.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A verbose, convoluted, pretentious intro to Jungian psych, 23. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology. (Expanded Edition) (Princeton Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
While Dr. Whitmont has some very good ideas to communicate in _The Symbolic Quest_, his presentation is so convoluted and pretentious that his reader must hack through jungles of pompous wordiness and sift through convoluted sentences in order to uncover the concepts Whitmont is addressing. For example, can anyone tell me what is being communicated in this sentence from page 141?
"Active thinking submits representations to a deliberate act of rational judgment and to a deliberate order or sequence wherby that which seems of necessity to follow a given event is regarded as being caused by that event."
Whitmont should be more concerned with communicating ideas effectively and effeciently than he appears to be with constructing mutant sentences which require translation from english into english.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very good and understandable introduction, 12. August 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology. (Expanded Edition) (Princeton Paperbacks) (Taschenbuch)
I was looking for a good introduction on Jung's psychology, but somehow the books I browsed so far did not really help me much. This particular book I started reading while looking up different resources on the concept of "complexes" and I found Whitmont's description on this topic the best I have read so far. And continuing reading in the book, I find this an extremely good and understandable introduction to Jung's psychology. The "pompous wordiness" criticized by another reviewer I really can't confirm for myself, I find it for the most part written very clearly
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