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Liber Novus: Jung's 'Red Book' In the winter of 1913, Jung commenced a prolonged period of self-experimentation, which he called his "confrontation with the unconscious." His task was one of getting to know his own myth, as a means of overcoming the contemporary malaise of spiritual alienation. In the evenings, while maintaining his therapeutic practice, professional activities and family life, he deliberately gave free rein to his fantasy thinking and carefully noted what ensued. He later called this process active imagination. He wrote down these fantasies in the Black Books. These are not personal diaries, but rather the records of a self-experimentation. The dialogues that form these active imaginations can be regarded as a kind of thinking in a dramatic form. When the First World War broke out, Jung considered that a number of his apocalyptic fantasies were precognitions of this event. This led him to compose the first draft manuscript of Liber Novus, which consisted in a