Carl Jung Books Everyone Should Read In 2022

Carl Jung is an influential force in psychology. The Swiss psychiatrist was a close collaborator of Sigmund Freud, but differences in their approach towards the study of the human mind forced the two to separate ways. Freud would stick with classic psychoanalysis, of which he was the founder, while Jung would establish an entirely new field called analytical psychology. Some of the concepts Jung came up with are still in use in modern psychology, like introversion and extraversion, psychological complex, the collective unconscious, and archetypes.

A prolific writer who spent much of his time documenting his theories, Carl Jung wrote some of the best psychology books. Many of these books are required reading in undergraduate and graduate classes. Because they’ve been written a long time ago, a few of his work are now in the public domain (at least in some countries). Others can be bought at a relatively low price. Carl Jung’s books provide a traditional insight into how early psychological theorists understood the human mind. If you are interested in his work, read ahead. Here are our suggestions of books by Carl Jung you should read at least once.

Psychology of the Unconscious

Published in 1912, Carl Jung’s Psychology of the Unconscious is probably one of the psychoanalyst’s most prominent psychology book. The book is an “extended commentary” on Jung’s analysis of early symptoms of schizophrenia.

Quote from the book: “The dream arises from a part of the mind unknown to us, hut none the less important, and is concerned with the desires for the approaching day.”

You can download Carl Jung’s Psychology of the Unconscious in different formats (Kindle, ePub, plain text, and online) at Gutenberg.

Man and His Symbols

Man and His Symbols is Carl Jung’s final work. The book is an attempt to make his theories more understandable for lay readers. Published in 1964, the book was cowritten with his associates, like Marie-Louis von Franz, Joseph L. Henderson, Aniela Jaffe, and Jolande Jacobi. Already in poor health, Jung finished the book just as he started to suffer the illness that would eventually lead to his death.

Quote from the book: “Despite our proud claim to dominate nature, we are still its victims because we have not yet learned to dominate ourselves.”

Psychological Types

In Psychological Types, Carl Jung mainly talks about consciousness and what he believed to be its four functions: sensation and intuition (described as non-rational functions) and thinking and feeling (rational functions). In this book Jung also extensively discusses the concepts of extraversion and introversion, which were unheard of during the time.

Quote from the book: “To be quite accurate, human nature is simply what it is; it has its dark and its light sides. The sum of all colours is grey – light on a dark background or dark on light.”

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Memories, Dreams, Reflections serve as a sort of autobiography for Carl Jung. The book, cowritten with Aniela Jaffe, was first published in 1962 and contains details about Jung’s childhood and personal life. It also contains his personal explorations of his own psyche.

Quote from the book: “As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.”

Modern Man in Search of a Soul

This book is a collection of essays written by Carl Jung. Modern Man in Search of a Soul dealt with topics concerning spirituality and philosophy. But it also contained notes on dream analysis, modern psychotherapy, and psychological types.

Quote from the book: “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”

The Red Book

Written between 1915 and 1930, The Red Book contains manuscripts, private journal entries, and comments Jung had about his psychological experiments early in his career. Many of the central tenets of Jung’s work are included in this book, but intriguingly, it wouldn’t be published until 2009, decades after Jung’s death. The Red Book contains some of the theories and ideas Jung developed immediately after his bitter separation from his former mentor, Freud. NPR reported on the revelations in the book, as well as the painstaking process behind its publication. “It took Jungian scholar Dr. Sonu Shamdasani three years to convince Jung’s family to bring the book out of hiding. It took another 13 years to translate it.”

Quote from the book: “The life that I could still live, I should live, and the thoughts that I could still think, I should think.”