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Although this book is a little dated it is still a excellent read. For me the Mind does play a very important aspect in this phenomena and the great man gives us some excellent insights into the collective psyche. I was referred to this book by listening to a podcast from Terence McKenna.
Tons of interesting points fill this short book. I knew it was going to be good when in the Introduction Jung writes, "As we The Swiss-born Carl Jung was one of the most famous of modern psychologists and psychiatrists.
The son of a minister, Jung originally set out to study archaeology. He switched to medicine and began practicing psychiatry in Basel after receiving his degree in Jung first met Sigmund Freud in when he became his foremost associate and disciple. The break came with the publication of Jung's Psychology of the Unconscious , which did not follow Freud's theories of the libido and the unconscious. Jung eventually rejected Freud's system of psychoanalysis for his own "analytic psychology.
Considered as a "deserter" and a "mystic" by Freud's followers, Jung's theories have continued to be the topic of heated discussions. Jung invented the association word test and contributed the word complex to psychology, and first described the "introvert" and "extrovert" types. Jung's interest in the human psyche, past and present, led him to study mythology, alchemy, oriental religions and philosophies, and traditional peoples.
Later he became interested in parapsychology and the occult. He thought that unidentified flying objects UFOs might be a psychological projection of modern people's anxieties. Jung was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and received an honorary D. Flying saucers : a modern myth of things seen in the skies. Carl Gustav Jung. From Vols. Flying saucers: a modern myth of things seen in the skies.
Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies
Although this book is a little dated it is still a excellent read. For me the Mind does play a very important aspect in this phenomena and the great man gives us some excellent insights into the collective psyche. I was referred to this book by listening to a podcast from Terence McKenna. Tons of interesting points fill this short book.
To the reader unacquainted with the development of Professor Jung's work, this book may easily itself appear to be something of an Unidentified Flying Object. Written for the general reader, it is partly a tract for the times and partly an application of Professor Jung's ideas to the problems raised by the reports of flying saucers, which have been made recently from all over the world. His essay starts from the position that, whether flying saucers exist or not, they certainly appear; that is, they have a psychic reality which can be properly studied quite apart from the question of their physical existence. It is therefore legitimate to ask, 'Why should flying saucers have been appearing recently? Since UFOs have been seen by many people with no previous or subsequent history of delusional vision, an explanation solely in terms of individual psychopathology seems inadequate. Professor Jung suggests that the appearances should be understood as a collective phenomenon, as something happening in individuals in response to pressures experienced by society as a whole.