Jung and the Human Psyche

Mary Ann Mattoon

Jung and the Human Psyche: An Understandable Introduction presents a comprehensive introduction to Jungian theory, taking the reader through the major themes of Jung’s work in a clear way, relating such concepts to individual experience.

Drawing on her extensive experience in practicing and teaching Jungian psychology, Mary Ann Mattoon succeeds in making the fundamental insights of Jung’s work accessible. The major topics of Jungian psychology are presented in a manner that is clear, emotionally engaging, well illustrated and non-dogmatic. Areas covered include:

 The visible psyche: ego, persona, typology.

 The hidden psyche: self, shadow, unconscious, archetypes, instincts.

 Becoming who we are: early development, gender.

 Obstacles and helps to growth: complexes, projection, psychopathology.

 Helps from the psyche: psychic energy, self-regulation/compensation, symbol, synchronicity, creativity.

Jung and the Human Psyche provides an original and imaginative introduction to Jung’s work, and will appeal to students of Jungian psychology, those considering training in Jungian analysis, and anyone interested in Jungian psychology.


Introduction. The Visible Psyche: Persona, Ego, Typology. The Hidden Psyche: Self, Shadow, Unconscious, Archetypes, Instincts. Becoming Who We Are: Early Development, Gender. Obstacles and Helps to Growth: Complexes, Projection, Psychopathology. Relationships to Others. How Can We Change. How Our Dreams Can Help Us. Helps From the Psyche: Psychic Energy, Self-Regulation/Compensation, Symbol, Synchronicity, Creativity. Finding Our Way in the Outer World: Mass-mindedness, Jung and the Nazis, Politics, Race, War, Feminism. Religion in the Psyche. A Life-Long Process: Individuation.

Author Biography:

Mary Ann Mattoon was the first Jungian analyst to practice in the upper Midwest of the USA (above Chicago). A mathematics major, her interest in psychology arose out of her non-academic experiences. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland, and holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
An Understandable Introduction
Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1583911103

Pub Date: 26 SEP 2005

Type: Paperback Book