Theories

Jung's theories are not easy to explain or understand, whether in the original German or in English translation, because he did not express himself clearly. As Anthony Storr, one of Jung's biographers, has written, "I know of no creative person who was more hamstrung by his inability to write." In addition, Jung sometimes defined the same concept in several different ways in his various writings, which complicates the matter further. Readers who are interested in specific topics may want to start with Jung's autobiography, or with one of the collections of his essays that are available in inexpensive paperback editions, and then move on to other sections of the Collected Works that address those topics.

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