The Psychology of Jung: A Critical Interpretation

The Psychology of Jung: A Critical Interpretation

The Psychology of Jung: A Critical Interpretation

The Psychology of Jung: A Critical Interpretation

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Probably few writers in any field have been held in more varied esteem than C. G. Jung. His earliest contributions--the Word Association experiments and the monograph on Dementia Praecox, for example--have been universally recognized. But, as H. G. Baynes, a co-worker for many years, expressed it, in the allusions to this aspect of Jung's work 'there is a distinctly retrospective flavour which would be appropriate only to an author who has since died.' Concerning the later work--that produced after about 1915--together with Psychology of the Unconscious (1912) no such agreement has been reached. Enthusiastic supporters can be found. Baynes, for instance, described the later ideas of Jung as 'psychological explosives which could affect human life as profoundly as the release of atomic energy.' Another supporter, Dr. Jolan de Jacobi, states that Jung's 'far-reaching and powerful works . . . probe the remotest depths of the psyche. . . . No one who does not stand aside from real life will be able to avoid a coming to terms with Jung, whether his attitude be one of agreement or disagreement.' A third, Dr. Erich Neumann, believes Jung's work to be 'the grandest attempt yet made to construct a theory of the psyche.' Similarly, Dr. Joseph Gold- brunner considers that Jung has 'established his fame as a psychologist for whom Freud and Adler merely provided a few basic materials.' Many members of Jung's school speak of a sense of enlargement which his writings bring. According to Goldbrunner again, the seeker after self-understanding 'feels something of the activity, emotions, experience and development of real life. The approach is dynamic, not academically static; the soul is not en . . .

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