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Symbols and how man uses them, as written by Carl Jung in 1961, is this week’s book review. Darren Redmond delivers an in depth look in this version of REDMOND’S REVIEW.

Darren Redmond is an Executive Director for a non-profit firm operating in Fresno, California. His work with youth is widely known. He and his wife are family-oriented parents. They have raised two children who are very successful in life.


This past Wednesday – Saturday, I read “Man and his Symbols” with a specific emphasis on the segment, “Approaching the Unconscious.” These were the last published writings by Carl Jung.

Written in 1961, right before his death, and published in 1964, this scholarly work, deals with the intrinsic use of symbols in our dreams. It goes on to warn us, be very careful with having preconceived notions of what a symbol means when trying to do dream interpretation.

The “this symbol means that” sort of approach is folly according to Jung If you do not have a contextual understanding about the person who is having the dream.

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Written in 1961, Carl Jung wrote about men and their symbols. He was a respected psychiatrist in the 20th century.

For if you as the person interpreting the dream, you have preconceived notions as to what that symbol in a dream means. Then, you are defining the data of what that symbol means differently than the person having the dream.

Jung also goes into great detail; going into our generational understanding of symbols in our conscious and unconscious, got the need for these symbols. He then explains their importance to us, had to have come from someplace; a unified source.

Jung explains, why sometimes we are about to say something and we forget what we were going to say. His explanation as to why something will instantaneously slip from the conscious to the unconscious, is what’s borderline brilliant in my opinion.

Written By: Darren Redmond

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