There is a lot of interest in today’s culture about the idea of Persona and the psychological mapping of one’s inner world. In fact, the interest is so strong that the superstar Korean Pop band, BTS, has taken Dr. Murray Stein’s concepts and woven them into the title and lyrics of their latest album, Map of the Soul: Persona.
What is our persona and how does it affect our life’s journey? What masks do we wear as we engage those around us? Our persona is ultimately how we relate to the world. Combined with our ego, shadow, anima, and other intra-psychic elements it creates an internal map of the soul.
T.S. Eliot, one of the most famous English poets of the 20th Century, wrote that every cat has three names: the name that everybody knows, the name that only the cat’s intimate friends and family know, and the name that only the cat knows. As humans, we also have three names: the name that everybody knows, which is the public persona; the name of that only your close friends and family know, which is your private persona; and the name that only you know, which refers to your deepest self. Many people know the first name, and some people know the second. Do you know your secret name, your individual, singular, unique name? This is a name that was given to you before you were named by your family and by your society. This name is the one that you should never lose or forget. Do you know it?
Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich (ISAP-ZURICH). He is a founding member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (1977) and of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts (1980). He was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) from 2001 to 2004 and President of ISAP-ZURICH from 2008 to 2012. He has lectured internationally and is the author of Jung’s Treatment of Christianity, In MidLife, Jung’s Map of the Soul, Minding the Self, Outside Inside and All Around and most recently The Bible as Dream and Jung’s Red Book for Our Time Volume 1, 2 and 3 (co-edited with Thomas Arzt). He lives in Switzerland and has a private practice in Zurich.
- Beginning Thoughts
- Ego, the Sextant of Psychic Life
- Maps, Perception, & Apperception
- Breakthroughs & Midlife
- Signs and Symbols
- Your Face, Your Name, Your Self
- Personal and Collective Unconscious
- Individuation: Finding your Path
- Love Yourself, Know Your Name, Speak Yourself
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good introspective book
This book was exactly what I was expecting, and it also gave extra insight about the connection between this book and BTS
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- Yvonne Pineiro
very pleasing and succinct!
Frankly, I don't understand the ill comments towarss the narrator. He did a wonderful job and read the book in a nice and easy tone and tempo. What I have come to understand when such judgmental comments about the narration occur it is likely because the reader did not understand the subject matter and in their frustration, blame it on the delivery. I tend to ignore those comments and thankfully, there is such a thing as sampling the audio prior to committing.
If one is enthralled in the highly paradoxical subject matter that is analytical psychology, whether they understand it or not, the narration will have no affect on the reader's keen interest into the book. This is an intermediate level introduction of the process Jung introduced called Individuation and really doesn't require too much of prior Jungian knowledge in order to benefit greatly from this short read. I'd say having an open mind and an open heart and you will def soak in the flow of ideas and for those of us who go beyond the talk and actually do the work, this little gem has plenty of food for thought for further reflection and application into our journals or w.e form of expression/creative outlet that is of our fancy.
There are so many heavy reads out there that are very very good mind you, and by no means does this little book portray itself as the ultimate source of knowledge, but it is quite delightful as it has managed to be succinct without leaving the main point out!
Please enjoy, along with the amazing life you are living!
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Personas, personas everywhere
Nice and comprehensive picture of Jungian psychology. But I tried to listen to that BTS album and well- its not my cup of tea at least...
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