The Problem of the Puer Aeternus

The Problem of the Puer Aeternus

Marie-Louise von Franz / Aug 19, 2019

The Problem of the Puer Aeternus The Latin term puer aeternus means eternal youth In Jungian psychology it is used to describe a certain type of man charming affectionate creative and ever in pursuit of his dreams These are the men

  • Title: The Problem of the Puer Aeternus
  • Author: Marie-Louise von Franz
  • ISBN: 9780919123885
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Latin term puer aeternus means eternal youth In Jungian psychology it is used to describe a certain type of man charming, affectionate, creative and ever in pursuit of his dreams These are the men who remain adolescent well into their adult years, generally full of life yet strangely draining to those around them We have worked with them, loved them and watched thThe Latin term puer aeternus means eternal youth In Jungian psychology it is used to describe a certain type of man charming, affectionate, creative and ever in pursuit of his dreams These are the men who remain adolescent well into their adult years, generally full of life yet strangely draining to those around them We have worked with them, loved them and watched them wave good bye It is impossible to overstate the influence on both men and women of this classic study, originally a series of lectures at the Zurich Jung Institute It is Jungian psychology in its most down to earth voice, telling it like it is so accurately and with such a depth of understanding that it is still much in demand even though it has been out of print for many years This new edition features a Bibliography and an extensive Index.

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      • Marie-Louise von Franz

        Marie Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar.Von Franz worked with Carl Jung, whom she met in 1933 and knew until his death in 1961 Jung believed in the unity of the psychological and material worlds, i.e they are one and the same, just different manifestations He also believed that this concept of the unus mundus could be investigated through research on the archetypes of the natural numbers Due to his age, he turned the problem over to von Franz Two of her books, Number and Time and Psyche and Matter deal with this research Von Franz, in 1968, was the first to publish that the mathematical structure of DNA is analogous to that of the I Ching She cites the reference to the publication in an expanded essay Symbols of the Unus Mundus, published in her book Psyche and Matter In addition to her many books, Von Franz recorded a series of films in 1987 titled The Way of the Dream with her student Fraser Boa.Von Franz founded the C G Jung Institute in Zurich In The Way of the Dream she claims to have interpreted over 65,000 dreams Von Franz also wrote over 20 volumes on Analytical psychology, most notably on fairy tales as they relate to Archetypal or Depth Psychology, most specifically by amplification of the themes and characters She also wrote on subjects such as alchemy, discussed from the Jungian, psychological perspective, and active imagination, which could be described as conscious dreaming In Man and His Symbols, von Franz described active imagination as follows Active imagination is a certain way of meditating imaginatively, by which one may deliberately enter into contact with the unconscious and make a conscious connection with psychic phenomena.


    259 Comments

    1. Not what I hoped, but still interesting in its own right. I'm dumbfounded why she felt she had to spend 4/5 of this book paraphrasing and summarizing two other books. How bout just inform the reader that they would be well served to read "The Little Prince" and "The Kingdom Without Borders." I was hoping for a study of the condition of the Puer Aeturnus, and, again, it went into a literary discussion. That is the one drawback of Jungian Psychology. They have a very hard time actually saying much [...]



    2. Another riveting archetypal commentary by Marie-Louise Von Franz. Von Franz illustrates the theme of the puer aeternus by examining the story of The Little Prince from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I'm eternally grateful to her for the simple style and for the depth of understanding of the beloved Peter Pans.


    3. What the hell did I just read? My first contact with Von Franz was through documentaries and I must say, she intimidated me deeply. I avoided her books for a while thinking she could over complicate things but damn I was so wrong. She is amazing explaining things in a concise, direct and very clear manner. The subject, puer aeternus or peter pan complex is something that caught my attention a couple of years ago and was revived by a recent encounter with the las movie (forgot from when). It wasn [...]


    4. This book is a gem of literary and psychology analysis. I have only two reservations about giving it 5 stars: (1) more clinical material would have been helpful in order to practically ground the work; and (2) some of the exposition is a little unfocused at times. Both reservations are explained by the origin of the material--it was given as twelve lectures in Zurich. We're lucky to have this book, so I give it a 5 anyway!


    5. Interesting and valuable when it deals with the devouring mother complex. Some things can be explained according to Le Senne's characterology and some others I completely disagree with. Last part about that book by Bruno Goetz (who?) is extremely boring and draining; much of its symbolical attribution seems arbitrary.



    6. First half is amazing. Second half may be amazing, but I had never read nor heard of the work von Franz was analyzing, so it made it interesting but did not fill me with amazement.



    7. I had to read this twice. I added a star on the second reading. Highly recommended if you enjoyed the book, The Little Prince. For those who have yet to grow up and are wondering why


    8. Excellent set of lectures on the PA syndrome. She admittedly focuses more on identification than cure, as unfortunately, that is rather simple, so she dwells upon the various issues that the PA avoids all those traps by highlighting lectures 1-9 on The Little Price. The last 3 lectures are geared more towards German audiences as the book by Bruno Goetz is not English available, though she does give large excerpts for us to follow. Still i did not find it very interesting.



    9. This was one of the required readings in Lynn Andrew's school. Puer aeternus is a Latin term that means “eternal boy” and comes from Metamorphoses, an epic work by the Roman poet Ovid. C.G. Jung borrowed it from Ovid to develop it for his psychology institute’s own purposes. Franz is a Jungian analyst who gave lectures at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, and she describes the man who is identified with the puer aeternus archetype as “the man that remains too long in adolescent psycholo [...]


    10. For men who are dreamers and wanderers, who haven't figured out how to live adult lives and act like men, this may be the book that changes your life. Von Franz throws a bucket of cold water on puer shenanigans. Her insight can be tough to take but it's just the thing to read when you're ready to face the truth and grow up.


    11. I bought this book based on Liz Greene mentioning it in her book "The Development of the Personality: Seminars in Psychological Astrology; V. 1" in her chapter about about the Puer and Senex which is a transcript of a workshop she gave on the subject. Looking forward to reading it soon.I am up to about page 40 and absolutely loving the book so far!


    12. Franz provides an excellent example of the problems/limitation of Freudian analysis - it helps keep the patience from growing up and growing independent of the therapist. I consider this to be one of the 20 most important books to read for an understanding of the psychological mien of contemporary western (particularly North American) society.


    13. I found the analysis of the Little Prince illuminating of the Puer, and the first few of the lectures of the Kingdom Without Space, but in the last 2 or 3 become a recounting with little elaborating on how it informs us of the puer at all.


    14. Ужасно не ми хареса, бих я изгорила, ако знаех, че съдържанието й ще спре да има значение по този начин. А причината всъщност да не ми хареса е, че е life changing read - пък хората, както знаете, нищо не мразят повече от това да се променят.


    15. It can be difficult for creative people to grow up. This book looks at a certain kind of man and offers insights.



    16. Interesting concept; fairly easy read but the summary would have been enough or else I'm an impulsive and easily-bored puella aeterna


    17. Если пережить всё юнгианство и попытки литературного анализа, то и правда одна из лучших книг про инфантилов


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