Daily Archives: February 21, 2010

Carl Jung: Raw-Art Psychologist

Cover of Carl Jung's Red Book

Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist, pioneered exploring the mind through meaningful dreams, art, philosophy, and mythology. And raw-art journaling. Jung was a modern pioneer of the mind—he died in 1961.

In order to help himself understand his work, Jung kept a journal–The Red Book. Not just any journal, but one filled with drawings. Mandalas, abstract swirls and lines mixed with images from nature filled in repetitive, detailed patterns. In other words, Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology, was a raw-art journaler.

He added his own style of calligraphy and explanations to produce The Red Book. Whatever he was interested in, he explored. Literature, sociology, astrology and vivid dreams are all included in his notes.

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York put The Red Book on display. Each week, they put a different page on their website to widen the circle of visitors. Here is the link to the colorful pages of The Red Book. It takes a bit to load, but you can flip through it page by page. I was amazed at this amazing work. I hope you are, too.

Tip: Scroll down till you see The Red Book. Click on the book. Click on the far left image of The Red Book. Allow time to load. Turn the pages by clicking on the arrows. If you want to avoid scrolling, I’ve also posted the book to my website. Move the pages by using the small arrow on the right side of the page. Each page may take a few seconds to load.