By C. G. Jung
Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is likely one of the significant works of Jung's later years. The primary subject matter of the quantity is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality in the course of the idea of the Self, whose conventional historic identical is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis via an research of the Allegoria Christi, particularly the fish image, but in addition of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, supply a invaluable summation of those key innovations in Jung's procedure of psychology.
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Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 9; Part 2) by C. G. Jung