Rozhovory s C.G.Jungom

It is probably one of the most interesting books I have read lately. Maybe it was even the first time I read something of this kind. Usually I read only novels, novels, and novels, sometimes some stories, and this was just a breath of fresh air to my reading experience.

C.G.Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. In the beginning of his scientific career he was influenced by Sigmund Freud and when they met for the first time they talked for thirteen hours! However, as Jung went developing his ideas and discoveries in the field of psychiatry, his and Freud’s opinions strongly diverged.

Jung created some of the commonly known psychological concepts including the archetype, the collective unconscious, and the complex. In spite of being a scientist, much of his life’s work was spent exploring abstract areas such as alchemy, philosophy, religion, as well as the arts and literature. Some of his well-known works are Memories, Dreams, Reflections; The Undiscovered Self; Man and His Symbols.

Rozhovory s C.G.Jungom includes 30 interviews with Jung given between 1933 and 1961 and it is is a Czech version of English original C.G.Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters. Unfortunately, the Czech translation contains only the first part of the English original – the Interviews.

Rozhovory s C.G.Jungom includes testimonies about C.G.Jung based on transciptions of electronic records of his radio and TV interviews. In some cases, the transcriptions are based only on the notes made by journalists while interviewing Jung, since the recording was not that widespread at that time.

The reading was very inspiring and thought-provoking. In the Interviews Jung touches many different topics, which make readers to think about themselves and the world around. We can learn something about the mentality of various countries and their leaders, the basic alchemic concepts, the concept of archetype or the personality types. Moreover, Jung describes his relationship with Freud, his attitude towards the psychoanalysis and he shares his opinions on World War II and the post-war era. 

I was quite sorry that the book came to an end, I could have read more, and undoubtly I will read the Interviews again. I have found interesting especially the Jung’s theory of dictator, his opinion on Hitler and world’s situation at the moment, and the theory of two souls. Also, the idea of the collective unconscious is very remarkable. The Interviews let us see the way how Jung used to think and speak, and reveal us many things about him, which could be only hardly found in the books written by himself.