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October 1, 2008

Links to Read on C.G. Jung

Please read the material below, as well as the entries for Joseph Campbell and Marian Woodman, for our next class (Oct 8). There are some questions for discussion included in each section.

Following are a few selected links that have summary information about the life and work of C.G. Jung. There's a ton more out there - but much of it is oriented to people who are already pretty familiar with his work, so these are a pretty good start. In reading this, try to come up with a working definition for yourself of "the archetype" as used by Jung. Also try to figure out what he felt the goal of psychological development was and how, in the modern age, people are supposed to go about the work of becoming more fully themselves. How do people get it wrong?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C.G._Jung

An overview of his life and work, with many links, on Wikipedia.
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http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/cjung.htm

A one-page biography.
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http://www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/jung.html

A several page biography and summary of key terms and ideas in Jung's work. Includes the development of his personality theory by Meyers and Briggs and a summary of their typology.
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http://www.studiocleo.com/librarie/jung/jungpage.html

Use this for the brief biography, the introduction to Jung - which has some especially good and succinct definitions - and the essay by Jung about psychology and art (which he sees as parallel to religion). Don't use the other links, as they take you out of the Jung material.
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http://www.netreach.net/~nhojem/jung.htm

A brief Jung quote on the mandala - also, a link to a long and interesting collection of Jung's quotes on dreams which is worth browsing. The other links are sometimes broken or take you to commercial places.
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Background on Joseph Campbell and Mythology

Here are a few useful web sites for anyone interested in knowing more about Joseph Campbell's work and ideas on mythology.

In reviewing these and reflecting on the "The Hero's Journey" video, think about how mythology contributes to people's religious journey. What is the relationship between myth and ritual? When are myths "alive" and when do they become culturally stagnant? How does myth work for a civilization? For an individual? (This connects to the Jungian theories of archetypes discussed in other Web reading for this week.)

An interview with Joseph Campbell, “Mythic Reflections," published in 1985

http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC12/Campbell.htm

Wikipedia article biography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell

An overview of Campbell’s life and work

http://www.mythosandlogos.com/Campbell.html

Great online journal with short articles

http://www.folkstory.com/campbell/

Description of Joseph Campbell collection at Pacifica

http://www.online.pacifica.edu/cgl/Campbell

Marion Woodman links (contemporary Jungian)

Marion Woodman is one of the most intriguing of contemporary Jungian psychologists, and one particularly interesting for individuals interested in spirituality and in gender. Read these articles and interviews to get a better idea of her work. For Woodman, what is the relationship between the spiritual side of life and the physical side of life? How does gender figure in to spiritual or psychological growth? Are there distinctive challenges that women or that men face in their spiritual/psychological journey?

The official Woodman site, with a number of links to on-line articles and more:

http://www.mwoodman.org/

An interview with Marion Woodman with Bert Hoff on men, women, femininity, and masculinity.

http://www.menweb.org/woodiv.htm

Another interview with Woodman in What Is Enlightenment Magazine, an online journal:

http://www.wie.org/j16/woodman.asp

Woodman’s speech a couple of years ago at an annual Women and Power conference:

http://www.feminist.com/resources/artspeech/genwom/conscious.html