Herrmann, Steven. (2020). William James and C. G. Jung: Doorways to the Self.
Oberlin, Ohio: Analytical Psychology Press
Publication Date: November 14, 2020
On the Back Cover:
“Steven Herrmann is one of those rare individuals who can brilliantly bring intellectual prowess and visionary depth together in a graceful dance of prose and poetry. In this work he presents the many cross-overs and parallels between two similarly gifted thinkers, C.G. Jung and William James. A comparative study of these two giants of modernity is long overdue, and Steven Herrmann is perfectly prepared to cover this match in all its splendor.”
--Murray Stein, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, President of the International School for Analytical Psychology (ISAP) in Zürich, and past president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP).
Steven Herrmann offers each reader an intriguing journey through an open and curious exploration of human nature by two of the most influential psychologists of our times: the philosopher William James, Harvard professor and founder of American psychology, and C. G. Jung, who expanded our view of the psyche and the nature of the unconscious.
Based on historical research and a nuanced reading of their works, Steven Herrmann elucidates their reflections on the streams of consciousness, psychophysics, pragmatism, pluralism, yoga, spiritual democracy, vocational dreams, synchronicity, transmarginal fields, and the Self.
"Doorways to the Self" is not a mere metaphor but an invitation to recognize the living spiritual reality in every person. This book is an important contribution to the history of psychology in America and the influence of James on C.G. Jung as well as a fascinating exploration of what it means to be human.
What People are Saying:
"At last! This ground-breaking book is long overdue―how two of the greatest psychological geniuses that dominate twentieth century psychology on two continents coalesce in their thought and influence!
Steven Hermann is clearly the perfect writer to make this important connection and bring James and Jung together.
A rich and profound and necessary book―can we understand one without knowing the other?"
--Matthew Fox, Anglican Priest
"I have been receiving spontaneous feedback from readers who are excited about this book and could not put it down!“ Doorways to the Self” is a rare book about ideas written with the feeling function as a guide. Brief chapters tell a fascinating story, weaving together the essential points that only a true scholar could cull from vast literature.
Among many fascinating revelations, we discover how two remarkable men recognized and took seriously the domain of unique, real, and meaningful experience, which to this day has remained beyond the purview of mainstream academic psychology."
--Dyane Sherwood, Jungian Analyst, Editor of Analytical Psychology Press
Analyst Member, IAAP Teaching Member STA/ISST