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Transcendent Function, The

Jung's Model of Psychological Growth through Dialogue with the Unconscious

Jeffrey C. Miller, Joan Chodorow

Publication Year: 2004

The transcendent function is the core of Carl Jung’s theory of psychological growth and the heart of what he called individuation, the process by which one is guided in a teleological way toward the person one is meant to be. This book thoroughly reviews the transcendent function, analyzing both the 1958 version of the seminal essay that bears its name and the original version written in 1916. It also provides a word-by-word comparison of the two, along with every reference Jung made to the transcendent function in his written works, his letters, and his public seminars.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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FOREWORD

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pp. ix-x

Dr. Jeffrey Miller has produced a truly significant and creative work. I have been engaged with Jung’s transcendent function for many years and love reading about it. Miller’s text is at once inspired, scholarly, and well crafted. The quotes from Jung are great and the appendices will be a tremendous resource for generations of Jung scholars. The author’s detailed comparison of ...

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PREFACE

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pp. xi-xii

The transcendent function is the core of Carl Jung’s theory of psychological growth and the heart of what he called “individuation,” the process by which one is guided in a teleological way toward the person he or she is meant to be. This book exhaustively reviews the transcendent function through the seminal essay that bears its name, Jung’s other writings, commentary by ...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xiii-xiv

Many have contributed to this book. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D., whose powerful writings and teachings about the significance of metaphor in psychological life, alchemical thinking, the neither/nor urge of the psyche, and the detrimental aspects of science and technology, all more fully explored in the book, formed a foundation upon which ...

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Chapter One. Introduction to the Transcendent Function: development of the Ego in western Consciousness

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pp. 1-9

The last three millennia have witnessed the development of the logical, thinking human being. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, Western civilization has marched inexorably toward the elusive goal of the autonomous, rational human. Through the emergence of Christianity, the awakening of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, the Scientific Revolution of ...

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Chapter Two. Detailed Analysis of the Transcendent Function Essay

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pp. 9-30

“The Transcendent Function” essay was seminal in the development of key aspects of Jung’s metapsychology. In it he explores foundational concepts such as the omnipresence of the unconscious, its compensatory relationship to consciousness, its synthetic (as opposed to purely reductive) nature, the role of the analyst in mediating the transcendent function, methods for accessing ...

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Chapter Three. tracing the Transcendent Function Through Jung's Works

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pp. 31-76

“The Transcendent Function” was by no means Jung’s full examination of the concept. Indeed, the essay left unanswered important questions: How exactly does the transcendent function work? How are fantasy and symbol implicated? Does the transcendent function operate on its own or can it be prompted? What changed for Jung between 1916 and 1958 to make the theory of the ...

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Chapter Four. The Transcendent Fjunction as the Core of Jung's Work

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pp. 77-84

The concluding point of the previous chapter, that the transcendent function is linked with virtually all the concepts that are at the core of Jung’s psychology, brings this work to a new level. Up to now, we have been viewing the transcendent function as one of a number of distinct pieces of Jung’s paradigm. What emerged from the analysis of the references in the last chapter ...

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Chapter Five. The Transcendent Function and the Theories of Others

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pp. 85-98

Though Jung may have been the first to explore this kind of mediatory and transitional activity in such detail, others enunciate ideas and structures that reflect aspects of the transcendent function, particularly when viewed in its more expansive form. This should not be surprising. Much of psychology struggles with fundamental opposites such as self/other, me/not-me, ...

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Chapter Six. The Deeper Roots of the Transcendent Function

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pp. 99-120

The transcendent function is a phenomenon ubiquitous to human experience that implicates opposition/duality, liminality, descent, initiation, and transformation. It reflects and flows from the archetypal tendency of psyche to seek connections and dialogue in order to effect its innate and continual urge to move deeper into itself, to experience itself psychologically. From the first ...

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Chapter Seven. vivifying the Transcendent Function in Everyday Life

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pp. 121-142

This final chapter focuses on synthesis and application. Having explored the transcendent function as a Jungian concept, as a root metaphor, and as an archetypal, mediatory phenomenon, we conclude by turning to more practical concerns. How can we better recognize and apply the transcendent function in our lives? How does the notion that Jung first described ...

Appendix A. Textual Comparison of the 1916 Version to the 1958 Version of “THE TRANSCENDENT FUNCTION”

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pp. 143-178

Appendix B. References to the Transcendent Function in Jung's Works, Letters, and Seminars

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pp. 179-182

Appendix C. Review of Literature Relation to “THE TRANSCENDENT FUNCTION”

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pp. 183-198

Notes

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pp. 199-206

References

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pp. 207-218

Index

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pp. 219-230


E-ISBN-13: 9780791485620
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791459775
Print-ISBN-10: 0791459772

Page Count: 244
Publication Year: 2004

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  • Individuation (Psychology).
  • Subconsciousness.
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