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Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul is a spiritual biography of one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, a man whose ideas revolutionized modern psychology. Through over 150 full-color and black and white illustrations, including rare photographs and never-before-seen artwork by Jung himself, his life and work comes vividly to life. By combining Jung's Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul is a spiritual biography of one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, a man whose ideas revolutionized modern psychology. Through over 150 full-color and black and white illustrations, including rare photographs and never-before-seen artwork by Jung himself, his life and work comes vividly to life. By combining Jung's voice with the impressions of his contemporaries, author Claire Dunne gives the reader a multi-dimensional view of this complex genius. A book that will deepen and expand the understanding of both novice and expert. "Claire Dunne's sensitivity of feeling for her subject allows us to meet Jung in all his diverse complexity, his contradictions and paradox, human failings and strength, his greatness and creativity. We meet a man at once transparent to transcendence but also earthy, practical, a craftsman of wood and stone as well as souls." From the introduction by Jean Houston.


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Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul is a spiritual biography of one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, a man whose ideas revolutionized modern psychology. Through over 150 full-color and black and white illustrations, including rare photographs and never-before-seen artwork by Jung himself, his life and work comes vividly to life. By combining Jung's Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul is a spiritual biography of one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, a man whose ideas revolutionized modern psychology. Through over 150 full-color and black and white illustrations, including rare photographs and never-before-seen artwork by Jung himself, his life and work comes vividly to life. By combining Jung's voice with the impressions of his contemporaries, author Claire Dunne gives the reader a multi-dimensional view of this complex genius. A book that will deepen and expand the understanding of both novice and expert. "Claire Dunne's sensitivity of feeling for her subject allows us to meet Jung in all his diverse complexity, his contradictions and paradox, human failings and strength, his greatness and creativity. We meet a man at once transparent to transcendence but also earthy, practical, a craftsman of wood and stone as well as souls." From the introduction by Jean Houston.

30 review for Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul: An Illustrated Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Owlseyes

    "I have an old soul. At high school at fifteen, my school mates called me Patriarch Abraham. That's very important, an old soul. We always retain traces of an existence which is not earthly, a state of abundance where we know everything" One of the best biographies of the Swiss Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, I have ever encountered. From childhood to old age; from studying to training and lecturing and finally to a certain secluded mode of lif "I have an old soul. At high school at fifteen, my school mates called me Patriarch Abraham. That's very important, an old soul. We always retain traces of an existence which is not earthly, a state of abundance where we know everything" One of the best biographies of the Swiss Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, I have ever encountered. From childhood to old age; from studying to training and lecturing and finally to a certain secluded mode of life, during old age, the book is accompanied by photographs as well as paintings and all sorts of pictures to illustrate the main concepts (synchronicity, the individuation process, the deep unconscious, archetypes...) of the soul searcher and soul healer. One who had wounds too. Family life, friends, travels, letters and much, much more are included in this beautiful work of art. It's the whole arch of a lifetime, with many, many ramifications in space and time. "Dear Professor Freud May I say a few words to you in earnest? ...your technique of treating your pupils like patients is a blunder... Most sincerely yours, Jung." "Dear Mr. President Dear Doctor Your allegation that I treat my followers like patients is demonstrably untrue. In Vienna I am reproached for the exact opposite. (...) Accordingly I propose that we abandon our personal relations entirely." (1913) (Aurora Consurgens medieval manuscript, exemplar from Zürich Zentralbibliothek; Sun and moon battle; the relationship between Freud and Jung was a meeting of opposites complementary at first, becoming antagonistic in time) (sistema munditotious; painting by C.G. Jung 1916; Jung's first mandala pictures the self complete and in relationship to the universe)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Anne

    "The journey from cloud cuckoo land to reality lasted a long time. In my case Pilgrims Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am." This illustrated biography captures the elements of Jung's journey on many levels. It transports me to depths and heights I often avoid in favor of ease and convenience. Thank you, Carl, for reminding me - again and again - of the reality that all too many of us dismiss as fan "The journey from cloud cuckoo land to reality lasted a long time. In my case Pilgrims Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am." This illustrated biography captures the elements of Jung's journey on many levels. It transports me to depths and heights I often avoid in favor of ease and convenience. Thank you, Carl, for reminding me - again and again - of the reality that all too many of us dismiss as fantasy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    I almost made the tragic mistake of not continuing to read this book, after reading the Foreward, Preface, & Introduction. Perhaps it was an example of "sychronicity", as Jung would say, perhaps even a gentle prodding from the great doctor beyond, that I kept reading. The reason for my first reaction was purely visual. This 2nd edition (?) of the book came out last year, the original edition having been published by Parabola Books, USA in 2000. I don't know what the format was for that edition, I almost made the tragic mistake of not continuing to read this book, after reading the Foreward, Preface, & Introduction. Perhaps it was an example of "sychronicity", as Jung would say, perhaps even a gentle prodding from the great doctor beyond, that I kept reading. The reason for my first reaction was purely visual. This 2nd edition (?) of the book came out last year, the original edition having been published by Parabola Books, USA in 2000. I don't know what the format was for that edition, but I emphatically feel that Watkins Publishing, London, did a great disservice in offering this edition with such horribly small print! I know that I'm an older person and have had some of the usual optical dysfunctions of one my age, but I don't believe I've ever encountered a book that I was tempted to put down because it was so difficult, visually, to read. That being said, I can't praise the contents of the book enough. Claire Dunne has produced a marvelously helpful, interesting, and inspiring introduction to one of the great and seminal figures of the past century! She helps us, mainly by using the Master's own words, to appreciate the depth of his insights, as well as to understand why so many, including other noted scientists, psychologists, theologians, etc., misunderstood and opposed Jung's ideas. He was truly a trailblazer. Despite the small print, you won't regret reading this wonderful book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    For the past couple of years I've had a focus on learning more about Carl Jung and his theories. I find many of his ideas intuitively interesting without causing my head to hurt as I read. I do have to admit that some of his theoretical ideas are beyond my scope of understanding as I fall in the camp of those who would suggest too much mystical slant. But the longer I live the more I find that what I thought to be boundaries in life were only my own making. I found this book at a local book stor For the past couple of years I've had a focus on learning more about Carl Jung and his theories. I find many of his ideas intuitively interesting without causing my head to hurt as I read. I do have to admit that some of his theoretical ideas are beyond my scope of understanding as I fall in the camp of those who would suggest too much mystical slant. But the longer I live the more I find that what I thought to be boundaries in life were only my own making. I found this book at a local book store, I had not heard of this biography so I was pleased with the price and the potential. As I started to read the book I was immediately drawn to the additional care that the publisher contributed, pages that were extra heavy to support the several colored images that are included. The author brings the reader a sumptious smorgasbord of highlights from Jung's writings. She seemed to have searched for those aspects of his writings that really bring the theme of each chapter to life. This is a biography where the reader will not be bogged down in the minute detail of everything, you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Nearly every page has images from various artists that bring a visual representation to the text that is being read. Many will find them appealing. The author interjects her own voice but does so in an effecient way as to not demand the spot light. Most times her words and Jung's blend well. This is one of those books that a person can just sample from, a little at a time, each day, and be gratified in the process. The reader will come away with an increased knowledge of Jung but will not be an expert. I would think it would work for the novice and those who are transitioning into a med level interest in Jung. I think most will find it an interesting walk around the block with one of the great minds in psychology.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Martha Love

    I love this book! It traces with narrative and images how Jung was a natural art therapist (although it does not directly say that but demonstrates it) beginning as a child through adulthood. A very easy book to understand about Jung and probably the most beautiful images you will find other than in the Red Book. I used this book to assist teaching an undergraduate class at SSU in art therapy and Carl Jung. We went through all the same art processes that Jung did to explore individuation and Jun I love this book! It traces with narrative and images how Jung was a natural art therapist (although it does not directly say that but demonstrates it) beginning as a child through adulthood. A very easy book to understand about Jung and probably the most beautiful images you will find other than in the Red Book. I used this book to assist teaching an undergraduate class at SSU in art therapy and Carl Jung. We went through all the same art processes that Jung did to explore individuation and Jung's theories. I do suggest that you read His autobiography, "Memories, Dreams, and Reflections" along with it to get a full understanding of Jung's life and process. Martha Love, author of What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)

    4.5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    An artfully crafted summary of an extremely intriguing life, biographer Claire choose quotes from copious books, articles, letters and interviews to construct a life that would otherwise be unfathomable: hard to imagine the awkward child excelling at a relatively new field of knowledge to become the supposed "son and heir" to the founder of psychoanalysis Freud, only to break away from his institutionalized influence to find a more mythical path. His travels to the Sahara, Mexico and India, plus An artfully crafted summary of an extremely intriguing life, biographer Claire choose quotes from copious books, articles, letters and interviews to construct a life that would otherwise be unfathomable: hard to imagine the awkward child excelling at a relatively new field of knowledge to become the supposed "son and heir" to the founder of psychoanalysis Freud, only to break away from his institutionalized influence to find a more mythical path. His travels to the Sahara, Mexico and India, plus more temporal trips to Ancient China, Egypt and alchemists in medieval Europe demonstrate a mind that could take on a wealth of sometimes contradictory influences and find he synchronicity within all. The narrative presents glimpses of his personal life with patients, the occasional mistress, authors, quantum physicists and spiritual leaders make it seem like he was one of the most easy-going intellectual in the twentieth century, but he seemed ready to trade it all in for a quiet escape to his self-built castle in Bollingen. I am now more ready than ever to understand his more esoteric writing, such as Answer to Job or Mysterium Coniunctionis, but will be more keen to discover my own connection to the collective unconscious and the cross I have to bear.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reina

    A charming sketch of a most fascinating man. This biography attempts to cover the most crucial aspects, not only of Jung's work, but also of the man named Carl Jung himself. While qualifiably extensive in its scope, it would be a far cry to consider this a substantial and sufficient condensation of Jung's ideas. There are portions wherein I felt that a little more exploration on a concept could've improved both my appreciation of the book and my comprehension of Jung's ideas, which I feel, given A charming sketch of a most fascinating man. This biography attempts to cover the most crucial aspects, not only of Jung's work, but also of the man named Carl Jung himself. While qualifiably extensive in its scope, it would be a far cry to consider this a substantial and sufficient condensation of Jung's ideas. There are portions wherein I felt that a little more exploration on a concept could've improved both my appreciation of the book and my comprehension of Jung's ideas, which I feel, given the man's life-long dilemma of feeling like nobody understood him, deserved more than just a few convenient descriptions. Nevertheless, the book certainly whets the appetite for more. The utter vastness and complexity of Jung's oeuvre are incredibly intimidating to consider, what more actually study, but this biography—readable, inspiring, and engaging as it is—makes me feel a little braver - brave enough, perhaps, to take on the challenge.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melinda M

    Carl Jung : Wounded Healer of the Soul by Claire Dunne was a much easier read than I expected. The illustrations and graphics make the book. It is a biography as well as a way to explain his views and theories. An interesting read. I enjoyed seeing the footnotes which show how much work Claire Dunne put into this effort. I received this book thru the Goodreads Giveaway.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Umar

    nice easy relaxed read...artwork adds great depth and clarity to Jung's ideas and life story nice easy relaxed read...artwork adds great depth and clarity to Jung's ideas and life story

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    The quotes contained in this book, attributed to one of my favorite people of all time, are phenomenal. I love his paintings as well. The man was nonpareil in so many ways. Thank you Jung.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zahra Pilavdzic

    Ended up paying more in late fees to the library then the book costs. Now need to seek, to own and to love these pages to pieces. Priceless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Respectable

    One of the most intriguing characters to walk the earth. Carl Jung is a mystery to me. I had read some of his books last year and while I could sense that he had much to say on the fringes of human experience and that he was incredibly earnest in both his search for truth and his efforts to communicate what he'd found, I came away from those readings with a puzzled look on my face. The language often meandered into the esoteric and the experiences were too strange to be able to fully comprehend. One of the most intriguing characters to walk the earth. Carl Jung is a mystery to me. I had read some of his books last year and while I could sense that he had much to say on the fringes of human experience and that he was incredibly earnest in both his search for truth and his efforts to communicate what he'd found, I came away from those readings with a puzzled look on my face. The language often meandered into the esoteric and the experiences were too strange to be able to fully comprehend. Not all, but much of it was. I needed an interpreter of sorts (Jordan Peterson was one) to expound his wilder ideas (some of his ideas are not as hard to grapple with - like the inner child - although they profoundly influenced the field of psychology) in clearer terms. But the curiosity remained. I wanted to know more about this dude who had delved into the unconscious and grappled with it more than most people. What had he found? This book does a great job of shedding some light on this matter. It is a readable biography of an enigmatic character.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    As ever, when I read Jung, I have a brush with the ephemeral nature of my existence, along with a gentle prodding of his fingers in my brain awakening me to the ideas of time and that which is eternal within me. Carl wrote something interesting on his tomb stone, "Invoked or not invoked the God will be present." Sometimes his teachings jar me awake and sometimes, he leaves me clouded trying to find my way home by the briefest of lights, but he remains the sole psychologist who allows both manife As ever, when I read Jung, I have a brush with the ephemeral nature of my existence, along with a gentle prodding of his fingers in my brain awakening me to the ideas of time and that which is eternal within me. Carl wrote something interesting on his tomb stone, "Invoked or not invoked the God will be present." Sometimes his teachings jar me awake and sometimes, he leaves me clouded trying to find my way home by the briefest of lights, but he remains the sole psychologist who allows both manifestations of myself to exist; the one made of science and the melancholy artist made of crumbling clay, that needed his words to keep creating my work and myself.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Beaumont

    I was thoroughly engrossed in my reading of Claire Dunne’s wonderfully written biography of Jung. I very much appreciated the way in which the biography is told by both Jung and those who knew him so well. The reader, I feel, is helped so well to understand the connections between Jung as a person and his profound thinking, philosophy and his analytical practice. The illustration support the text so well and add another interesting dimension to the biography. I learned so much in a very enjoyabl I was thoroughly engrossed in my reading of Claire Dunne’s wonderfully written biography of Jung. I very much appreciated the way in which the biography is told by both Jung and those who knew him so well. The reader, I feel, is helped so well to understand the connections between Jung as a person and his profound thinking, philosophy and his analytical practice. The illustration support the text so well and add another interesting dimension to the biography. I learned so much in a very enjoyable way. Thank you Claire Dunne. I hope to read more of her work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric Lindner

    An fascinating, authentic book about a fascinating, authentic man Yes Jung was more than a bit nuts, and plagued by demons - but that's what lent legitimacy to him and his theories Unlike Freud, Maslow and so many other "titans" of psychology and psychiatry - who were, at best, not very nice people - and very dubious plumbers into the souls of others - Jung had real empathy - not cold, supercilious detachment An fascinating, authentic book about a fascinating, authentic man Yes Jung was more than a bit nuts, and plagued by demons - but that's what lent legitimacy to him and his theories Unlike Freud, Maslow and so many other "titans" of psychology and psychiatry - who were, at best, not very nice people - and very dubious plumbers into the souls of others - Jung had real empathy - not cold, supercilious detachment

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erik Steevens

    very recommended to all the 'seekers' !!! very recommended to all the 'seekers' !!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rodrigo Sahd

    Very nice overview about Jung's life and teories. Interesting for those who already knows Jung's main guideliness. Very nice overview about Jung's life and teories. Interesting for those who already knows Jung's main guideliness.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Feels Right

    Very good telling summary of Jung's life. I particularly appreciated the excerpts from Jung's correspondences. Very good telling summary of Jung's life. I particularly appreciated the excerpts from Jung's correspondences.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

    Claire Dunne’s “Wounded Healer of the Soul” is an elegantly packaged, illustrated and comprehensive portrait of C.J. Jung, pioneer Swiss psychiatrist and profoundly deep thinker. As someone who usually prefers reading source texts rather than “histories”, I was relieved by the amount of direct quotes used here. Jung is a sophisticated writer and aesthetic mind and the biography always opens up when he’s allowed to speak for himself. This second edition of the book also touches on Jung’s recently Claire Dunne’s “Wounded Healer of the Soul” is an elegantly packaged, illustrated and comprehensive portrait of C.J. Jung, pioneer Swiss psychiatrist and profoundly deep thinker. As someone who usually prefers reading source texts rather than “histories”, I was relieved by the amount of direct quotes used here. Jung is a sophisticated writer and aesthetic mind and the biography always opens up when he’s allowed to speak for himself. This second edition of the book also touches on Jung’s recently published Liber Novus, popularly known as “The Red Book”, in a somewhat clunky preface. While I would have preferred to see a discussion of Liber Novus better integrated into the biography, I did appreciate how selections of Jung’s art from Liber Novus are spread throughout. While “Wounded Healer” does risk tipping into uncritical hero worship from time to time, and takes on credit familiarity with some esoteric terminology, it is for the most part counter balanced by a diversity of voices and a quick pace. This book serves as a stronger than expected introduction to Jung’s complicated life and thinking.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    I got a copy of this from a goodreads giveaway and I'm glad I did because it sure is a pretty book. It has thick glossy pages with nice illustrations. The illustrations work well in this biography of Jung. Symbolism was big with him and, aside from pictures of Jung, many of the illustrations are of works of art that relate to the topics discussed and get the reader in a Jungian symbolic state of mind. This is not a difficult or in-depth biography, but it gives a good feel for the man and his ide I got a copy of this from a goodreads giveaway and I'm glad I did because it sure is a pretty book. It has thick glossy pages with nice illustrations. The illustrations work well in this biography of Jung. Symbolism was big with him and, aside from pictures of Jung, many of the illustrations are of works of art that relate to the topics discussed and get the reader in a Jungian symbolic state of mind. This is not a difficult or in-depth biography, but it gives a good feel for the man and his ideas. It's a good place to start if you haven't read Jung and it's also good for people (like me) who have read and enjoyed him, but want a better view of the man and his evolution.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tara Bartal

    I have considered myself a person of modest intelligence. After reading this book, I am reminded of that modesty and at a lower level. Carl Jung was a great thinker. Claire Dunne provides a very nicely illustrated introduction to Carl Jung and his work. This is an excellent book of reference and an interesting read. Carl Jung was an explorer. He opens the view to make one think and think again. His thoughts as a boy sitting on a stone, "Am I the one who is sitting on the stone, or am I the stone I have considered myself a person of modest intelligence. After reading this book, I am reminded of that modesty and at a lower level. Carl Jung was a great thinker. Claire Dunne provides a very nicely illustrated introduction to Carl Jung and his work. This is an excellent book of reference and an interesting read. Carl Jung was an explorer. He opens the view to make one think and think again. His thoughts as a boy sitting on a stone, "Am I the one who is sitting on the stone, or am I the stone on which he is sitting?" One has to think about that....

  23. 5 out of 5

    J. Ewbank

    This book by Dunne gives an excellent portrayal of Carl Jung as a person as well as a good flabor of his thinking. It is a book that I will keep along with others about him. The author has given us a picture of Jung that we have not seen before and I appreaciate it. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesleyl, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church" This book by Dunne gives an excellent portrayal of Carl Jung as a person as well as a good flabor of his thinking. It is a book that I will keep along with others about him. The author has given us a picture of Jung that we have not seen before and I appreaciate it. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesleyl, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Owein Herrmann

    I had high hopes for this book but two things really bothered me. 1) The book is not particularly well written. I found it rather juvenile in its flow, and I did not feel I learned much about Jung from the text. 2) The Kindle format is terrible. It cuts out mid-sentence in every chapter. I don't know how much of the text is missing, but I eventually got frustrated and gave up reading it. I had high hopes for this book but two things really bothered me. 1) The book is not particularly well written. I found it rather juvenile in its flow, and I did not feel I learned much about Jung from the text. 2) The Kindle format is terrible. It cuts out mid-sentence in every chapter. I don't know how much of the text is missing, but I eventually got frustrated and gave up reading it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Csoke

    Claire Dunne provides the reader with an illustrated biography of Carl Jung. He was a founding father of Psychology. One of the worlds most influential. This book is all about his life and work. A Coffee Table Book for sure!!!! THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRSTREADS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    **Obtained through giveaway. ** While the format was quite unique, and I'm sure a contribution to Jungian scholarship, I'm much more interested in the genius of Einstein than the mostly useless symbolism of Jung. **Obtained through giveaway. ** While the format was quite unique, and I'm sure a contribution to Jungian scholarship, I'm much more interested in the genius of Einstein than the mostly useless symbolism of Jung.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    As an extention of the study of the man it creates a picture. It is more biography than theory. I enjoy the art and graphics

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dave Whip

    An excellent introduction to the life and theories of Carl Jung. And quite a healing book in itself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet Wichmann

    insightful to Jung's humanity and groundbreaking insistence on psyche's spirit. insightful to Jung's humanity and groundbreaking insistence on psyche's spirit.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    I was actually really psyched to win this book. I love psychology and the moment I got this book I was delighted and read it immediately. 4 stars for making my day, yesterday.

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