Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung's own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book.
Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker, and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung’s radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of psychology and in countercultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is “by nature religious” and to explore it in depth. His many major works include Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice; Man and His Symbols; Memories, Dreams, Reflections; The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung; and The Red Book.
“This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung
before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess
his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was
also his firsat attempt to present his life-work in
psychology to a non-technical public. . . . What emerges with great
clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to
psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in
society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously
in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human
“Straighforward to read and rich in suggestion.”—John Barkham, Saturday Review Syndicate
“This book will be a resounding success for those who read it.”—Galveston News-Tribune
“A magnificent achievement.”—Main Currents
“Factual and revealing.”—Atlanta Times