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Four Classic Self Help Books That Are in a Gray Area

If you are following this blog and getting to know me by what I post, you will know that I love speculative fiction ( SciFi, Horror, Fantasy, Futurism, etc ). But what I also love is wholesome goodness, and what I love even more than that is a background and some deep digging into the inner workings of our psyche – the human soul, mind, and spirit. While these books, in my opinion, reside in somewhat of a gray area-if thought about and meditated on, will empower you with great insight into not only your own intricacies, but also the intricacies of your psyche that is instilled upon you by things of your own human nature and also the universe itself.. It’s from all that is good and as Alan Watt’s put it – “If I am my foot, I am the sun.”

DISCLAIMER: These books might not tell you step by step, rather they are for insight that, in my opinion, will help you in the long run more than a step by step guide.

Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung

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. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history. Completed just before his death by Jung and his associates, it is clearly addressed to the general reader.

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There is so much here to be valued. As a pioneer of modern psychology, Carl Jung was friends with Sigmund Freud and made great advancements in discovering the inner workings of the subconscious and tied these to the findings he discovered being a dream interpreter, traveling the world in his own free time. Fun fact – a song by the band know as Tool titled 46 & 2 is thought to be inspired by Carl Jung’s teachings about the shadow.