Resources for Inner Space
In 2006, I started a classics reading plan that grew into a book group. We’ve been reading all the great and classical literature from earliest written history to the modern era. This is our reading plan.
Besides our book club reading and my reading for my current graduate work in Jungian studies, I read other things, too.
Captivating films for those interested in depth psychology.
This is not the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) based on Carl Jung’s typology theory, but it does identify your psychological preferences for functions including Introversion (I) and Extraversion (E); Sensing (S) and Intuition (N); Thinking (T) and Feeling (F); and Perceiving (P) and Judging (J) for a total of 16 types.
A helpful web site offering information about the 16 psychological types.
Another web site about personality types. Includes information about the shortcomings of each type.
Personality tests and tools, including Jungian 16-type test, Enneagram, Big Five, and others.
A freakishly accurate test with many excellent tools available for members. Taking the test and joining are free.
Resources for Wordsmiths
The Online Etymology Dictionary is a useful etymology dictionary for all languages.
Recommended for Dream Work
For dream analysis I have three favorite books, and a fourth that ought to be bought if you’re going to plunge directly into Jung’s book, Dreams. I’m hard pressed to say which is my favorite, so I’ll list all and tell you why I like them.
Inner Work, by Robert A. Johnson.
This book is a treasure. Divided into three sections that explain theory, dream work, and active imagination, it has become my new favorite book on dream work. Jungian analyst and author Robert A. Johnson teaches techniques for dream work and active imagination in four steps that anyone familiar with depth psychology can put to good use.
Understanding Dreams, by Mary Ann Mattoon.
Mattoon is a Jungian analyst and in this book presents Jung’s ideas in a systematic, understandable way. She tells you just exactly how to do dream work as an analyst would. It’s somewhat technical and definitely an academic read, but it’s not impossible. I use it all the time, too, and if I only had one book on dream work, this would be my choice.
Dreams, by C. G. Jung.
I must apologize to Grandfather Jung that his book is not tops on my list. This book of Jung’s is part of his Collected Works. In Jung’s typical style, it meanders here and there. It’s full of illustrations. If a person manages to read this book, they’ll be changed; but it’s not for the faint of heart or the person who isn’t very theoretical.
Jungian Dream Interpretation: A Handbook of Theory and Practice, by James A. Hall.
I’m a big believer in reading Jung’s original work although it’s difficult to understand due to his intuitive grasp of things. Jungian analyst James A. Hall makes Jung’s ideas accessible and understandable in this slim volume, which I recommend buying with Jung’s book, Dreams.
In Your Dreams, by Gayle Delaney, Ph.D.
This is a dream dictionary, simple and fun to use, and useful to laypeople and professionals alike. It’s the most reader-friendly and ‘fun’ dream book I own and I use it again and again as a quick reference. It can shed light on archetypal meanings of dream images.
Man and His Symbols, by C. G. Jung.
Lavishly illustrated, according to Amazon, this is the first and only work in which Jung “explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.” I refer to this book over and over again, and highly recommend it to serious students of dream interpretation.
Dream Interpretation Example, Third Eve.
Using a dream from Dream Analysis Info, I give an example of personal dream work using my dream interpretation worksheet.
Dream Interpretation Worksheet, Third Eve.
The Microsoft Word template I use for personal dream analysis.
Irene is a regular reader of Third Eve and one of the most expressive artists of the unconscious I’ve met. Her work never fails to inspire and intrigue me.