C. G. Jung had a profound personal interest in Chinese culture and wrote extensively on Chinese philosophy and symbolism. In his foreword to Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdom, Jung referred to Chinese logograms as readable archetypes.
Continuing this theme, Shen states in his prologue, “Most of the basic psychological terms in Chinese characters are formed originally with the image of the heart and contain deep meaning for the understanding of depth psychology and Jungian analysis . . . The Chinese characters for ‘thinking,’ ‘emotion,’ ‘will,’ and ‘intention’ are all combined with the image of the heart, as are the characters for ‘love,’ ‘hate,’ ‘compassion,’ ‘virtue,’ ‘listening,’ ‘healing,’ and for ‘wise,’ ‘wisdom,’ and ‘enlightenment.’” The heart serves as the foundation.
Drawing from centuries-deep wells of Chinese, Buddhist, and Confucian thought as well as an intimate understanding of the development of Jung’s theories, Shen offers a valuable reminder of the many commonalities among humans from all nations as they seek greater levels of self-awareness.
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