PSYCHE AND DEATH by Edgar Herzog


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Consider the meaning behind the image of death as the Devouring Earth...the terrifying insecurity of the basis of man's life--the ground on which he treads."" Dr. Herzog's well detailed consideration of the need for active participation, as opposed to spiritless intellectual acceptance, of the limits--birth and death (both rooted in the Unknown)--of our lives so as to affect a transforming synthesis, a vision of meaningful order, is a very important one. Especially so because the theme of alienation takes up so much thought today--alienation, or neurosis as it is called here, is ""a failure of the psyche to come to grips with 'the basic conditions of human existence.'"" This luminous (or else numinous) tracing of ""Archaic Myths and Modern Dreams in Analytical Psychology"" as the book is subtitled, encountered first as a lecture series in Munich, 1948, is published as a part of the Series of Studies for the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich. Although the author intends to reach psychotherapists of a Jungian disposition, this very readable and comprehensive presentation will provide a constructive experience for the ""uninitiated"" but interested layman.

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 1966
Publisher: Putnam