Cult Fictions: C.G. Jung and the Founding of Analytical Psychology


As the inspection of Freud's legacy leads scholars to seriously examine his persona, so has analytical psychology come under scrutiny in a whirl of controversy over the character of its founder, C.G. Jung. In Cult Fictions, leading Jungian scholar Sonu Shamdasani presents the history of the movement's founding, from Jung's establishment of The Psychological Club in Zurich in 1916 to the later reformulations of his approach. Shamdasani relates the disputes over the legitimacy of Jungian analysis to current concerns about the institutionalization of psychotherapy as a science, its impact on popular and academic views of self and society, and the widespread panic concerning cults that has led Jung to be regarded by some as a figure analogous to David Koresh or Jim Jones. Cult Fictions presents a sober, accurate and revealing account of the history of the Jungian movement and an agenda for the evaluation of analytical psychology today.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998


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