Carl Gustav Jung
Publication Year: 2001
Carl Gustav Jung is an enlightening and insightful guide to the life and work of one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy and most influential thinkers in modern times. Combining insights from his early life and his wide-ranging intellectual interests in philosophy, mysticism and parapsychology, Ann Casement traces the development of Jung's ideas on the functioning of the human mind, including the origins of core Jungian concepts such as archetypes, teleology, alchemy and the collective unconscious. Examining the relationship between Freud and Jung through their prolific correspondence, the author charts the growing divergence of opinion.
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The past is terribly real and present. (Jung, 1963: 108)
Jung's contribution to psychology and to the history of ideas has stood at the centre of my life since 1964 when I started my first Jungian analysis in London. This led many years later to my training as a Jungian analyst. I have often heard people referring to Jung's writings as ‘mystical’ and ‘impenetrable’, and am only too aware of the challenge of trying to make them accessible without over-simplifying the essential complexity of his approach. Related to this, it is vital not to do damage to these ideas by too hasty a summary and, while writing this, I have tried to keep before me what Jung wrote in Latin in one of my supervisors, Gerhard Adler's, copy of the first book of the English Collected Works, Psychology and Alchemy: ‘All haste is of the devil’. This was an expression of his dissatisfaction with the finished product which had been years in the making.
It is also important to note here that although this account is written with respect for a remarkable man, it is not a hagiography but contains aspects of Jung's shadow. I have increasingly come to realize how important his own work in the area of shadow is for humankind's present and future. My own growing fascination with shadow aspects of psyche has resulted in my writing and lecturing about them. To quote Jung himself: ‘It fares with us all as with Brother Medardus in Hoffmann's tale The Devil's Elixir: somewhere we have a sinister and frightful brother, our own flesh-and-blood counterpart, who holds and maliciously hoards everything that we would so willingly hide under the table’ (Jung, 1966: 39). And elsewhere: ‘Wholeness is not so much perfection as completeness … Recognition of the shadow is reason enough for humility, for genuine fear of the abysmal depths in man’ (Jung, 1966: 239).
On the other hand, this book is not an exercise in desecrating Jung along the lines of the kind of tabloid sensationalism that has been written about him in recent times. Although it touches on the [Page vii]subject of the women in his life, it has to be said that there is no clear-cut evidence to support allegations that Jung had affairs with women patients and it is important to bear in mind that he was above all a moralist. Another highly controversial area surrounding Jung is the charge of Nazism combined with anti-Semitism and a selective coverage of the responsible literature on the subject is explored in the course of the book.
The Jungian community is a large, heterogeneous mix composed of countless numbers of people. The specialized practitioners make up a small proportion of this and, at the moment of writing, 2,300 analytical psychologists are gathered together under the umbrella of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) which has its headquarters in Zurich, whilst many other practitioners are not members of the IAAP. These all use different titles to describe themselves, for example, ‘analytical psychologist’ ‘Jungian analyst’, ‘Jungian psychoanalyst’, ‘Jungian psychotherapist’, and ‘therapist’. These practitioners mostly use the term ‘patient’ or ‘analysand’ for the individuals they work with therapeutically, so I will be using these terms where necessary throughout the book.
I have made extensive use of the 20 volumes of the English Collected Works of Jung published by Routledge. In some instances, I have instead used the Princeton University Press edition. These 20 volumes were edited by Sir Herbert Read, Michael Fordham and Gerhard Adler, and translated into English by R.F.C. Hull. They encapsulate the evolution of Jung's interest as it transferred itself from psychiatry through psychoanalysis and typology to the theory of archetypes held together by his abiding interest in the psychology of religious motifs.
I would like to thank Princeton University Press, Random House Group and Taylor & Francis – incorporating Routledge – for their kind permission in allowing me to use lengthy extracts from the Freud/Jung Letters edited by William McGuire.
A word of caution is in order here with regard to all the published writings of Jung, including the Collected Works. All of these differ from the unpublished original manuscripts according to the Jung scholar, Sonu Shamdasani, and, in some cases the difference is marked. Another point worth noting is that there are in existence more than 20,000 unpublished letters by Jung.
In this book, I am not attempting to cover Jung's vast opus or the myriad formative encounters he had with other disciplines. I have made my own selection in both these areas and hope the end result might stimulate the reader's interest in analytical psychology.
Although many of the terms that Jung used in his approach to the psyche are now in everyday usage, for example, extravert and [Page viii]introvert, these are used by him in a specific way. In order to elucidate what Jung was writing about, the book includes definitions of his main concepts.
Finally, a brief word on the writing style adopted in the book: in trying to avoid clumsy devices like ‘his/her’ or ‘he/she’, I have used ‘their’ or ‘they’ where necessary. Jargon terms are set in italics except for those that are in everyday usage like ‘ego’.
Although I have been steeped in Jungian thinking and practice for many years, writing this account of Jung's life and work has inevitably become a kind of journey of my own. I am grateful to my friend and colleague, Windy Dryden, the editor of this series, for affording me the opportunity of re-discovering and re-affirming what drew me – albeit unwittingly, in the first instance – to Jung and to the world of analytical psychology. Jung's writing is the leitmotif that runs throughout this book but I am also indebted to the many other writers whose ideas have contributed to it. I would particularly like to thank John Beebe, Robert Hinshaw, Thomas Kirsch, Robert Segal and Sonu Shamdasani, who have been an invaluable resource whilst this book has been taking shape. The responsibility for the final product lies entirely with myself.
A Select Bibliography of Jung's Major Writing[Page 161]
The following is a selection of some of Jung's key essays and books which are deliberately not grouped under any specific headings. This is in keeping with Jung's own approach to writing which was to do with expressing ideas rather than propounding theory or technique. These are followed by a few books on Jung by other authors. Both sections number 25 titles in all.
To start with, I have selected papers from the 20 volumes of Jung's Collected Works published by Routledge & Kegan Paul, Limited (London). The first few papers will appeal to those readers who are interested in parapsychology and in psychiatry at the Burghölzli at the beginning of the 20th-century with its incorporation of psychoanalysis early on in its inception.1902) On the Psychology and Pathology of So-Called Occult Phenomena. Volume 1.(1904) The Associations of Normal Subjects. Volume 2.and (1906) Psychoanalysis and Association Experiments. Volume 2.(1914) The Content of the Psychoses and On Psychological Understanding. Volume 3.(1912) The Theory of Psychoanalysis. Volume 4.(
The next group of papers show the development of Jung's own ideas that ran concurrent with and followed on from the break with Freud.1912 and 1956) Two Kinds of Thinking; Symbols of the Mother and of Rebirth; The Battle for Deliverance from the Mother; The Dual Mother; The Sacrifice. Volume 5.(1921) General Description of the Types. Volume 6.(1928) The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious. Volume 7.(
The next few papers show the maturing and consolidating of Jung's ideas.1928) On Psychic Energy. Volume 8.(1934) A Review of the Complex Theory. Volume 8.(1927/31) The Structure of the Psyche. Volume 8.(1947/54) On the Nature of the Psyche. Volume 8.(1934/54) Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. Volume 9, Part 1.(1936) The Concept of the Collective Unconscious. Volume 9, Part 1.(1938/54) Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype. Volume 9, Part 1.(1951) The Ego, The Shadow, The Syzygy: Anima and Animus, The Self, Christ, a Symbol of the Self. Volume 9, Part II.(1952) Answer to Job. Volume 11.(
The following two papers are on psychology and alchemy.1929) Commentary on ‘The Secret of the Golden Flower’. Volume 12.([Page 162]1946) The Psychology of the Transference. Volume 16.(
These books by Jung are not part of the Collected Works.Jung, C.G. (ed.) (1964) Man and His Symbols. New York: Dell Publishing.1968) Analytical Psychology: Its Theory and Practice. New York: Random House.(1933) Modern Man in Search of a Soul. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.(
The last three books are by other analytical psychologists. The first is a scholarly but accessible work on Jung's psychology centred in mythology, history and western culture. I gave it a glowing review in The Economist, when it first appeared.1995) Growth and Guilt: Psychology and the Limits of Development. London: Routledge.(
The next book is a beautifully written ‘in-depth’ but highly accessible account of some of Jung's most complex ideas.1998) Jung's Map of the Soul. Peru, Illinois: Open Court.(
The last book is a very readable narrative history of the Jungian community worldwide.2000) The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. London: Routledge.(Forthcoming2000) Essays on Jung's Psychology. Einsielden, Switzerland: Daimon.(Prisms of Psychology: Jung and History. Work in progress.
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