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Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul

By Claire Dunne
May 22, 2012 - 1:29:04 PM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Carl Jung continues to be revered today as a true revolutionary who helped shape psychology, bridged Western and Eastern spirituality and brought awareness to such fundamental concepts as archetypes, the collective unconscious, and synchronicity.

Jungian expert and lecturer Clair Dunne chronicles Jung’s journey of self-discovery from a childhood filled with visions both terrifying and profound, through his early professional success, to his rediscovery of spirituality in mid-life, in the re-issue of her acclaimed book, Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul (Watkins Publishing in association with the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation).

The essence of Jung’s human and psycho-spiritual journey is conveyed through Jung’s own words and Dunne’s vivid and lively commentary. Coupled with illustrations and photographs of Jung, his associates, and the environments in which he lived and worked and artwork reflecting his teachings, this beautiful book, divided into three sections, provides a deeply personal look into the life and work of one of the greatest thinkers of our time:


Part 1: “Wounded” takes the reader through Jung’s childhood, medical studies, personal and family life, relationship with Sigmund Freud, and his struggles to become what he was, up to the end of the tumultuous period recorded in The Red Book (Jung’s book of his groundbreaking work in psychology).
Part 2: “Healer” follows the mid-years, a flourishing of professional life, the influence on Jung of his travels to native America, Africa and India, the nucleus of his psychology, along with reminiscences of people who knew him as patients, friends and colleagues. It closes with the dawning turmoil of World War II and an urgent inner call for him to attend to the retrieval of Western civilization.
Part 3: “Of the Soul” opens with Jung’s profound near-death experience at 69, a kind of second initiation. As his personal life began to close down, the great works emerged, including Answer to Job and the problem of evil and other works.

“In writing about Jung’s life,” says Dunne, “I wanted him to tell his own story as much as possible. As well as revealing his personality, his correspondence contains the distilled thinking of his work, the words are still charged with his enlivening energy.”

“I hope readers will find in this account of a complex psycho-spiritual pioneer echoes, promptings, recognition and inspiration for themselves in their own life journey.”

Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul is an essential work of reference as well as a fascinating and entertaining read for everyone interested in psychology, spirituality and personal development and:

Provides a deeply personal look into one of the world’s most influential thinkers and a founding father of psychology
Offers unique insight into Jung’s life and work, featuring generous excerpts from his writings and letters, and color reproductions of his paintings
Reveals Jung as seen by those who knew him best, including his friend and mentor Sigmund Freud, his patients and the two women in his life, Emma Jung and Toni Wolff
Showcases superb artwork, all reflecting Jung’s teaching, including art from indigenous cultures and the ancient world

“In the end,” Dunne adds, “what I hope readers take away, is more than an interesting biographical look at Jung’s life. This book profoundly explores the journey of a healer who honed his skills by attending to the wounds in his own soul. He truly was a ‘wounded healer of the soul’.”

Claire Dunne is an author, and broadcaster/producer in radio and television, whose diverse career includes lecturing on Jung worldwide and a documentary on Sigmund Freud. Born in Ireland and a resident of Australia, she was Foundation Director of two multilingual radio stations and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to multi-culture, Celtic culture and ethnic broadcasting. This is her third book.

Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul can be purchased from www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and through all major booksellers.

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