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Jung Stripped Bare: By His Biographers, Even Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Here, Shamdasani has written a concise, modest and deadly-sharp rejoinder to the gossip-infested field of Jung-biographies. Rather than idealizing Jung - as too many of his defenders have done - he challenges us to question the motivations and methods of those who perpetuate caricatures and tabloid speculation as facts.
Key points include the dismantling of the hyperbole and shoddy scholarship perpetrated by recent biographers, as well as the distressing tendency throughout psychoanalytic history to speculate on a controversial individual's diagnosis, and to use it as a form of character assassination.
Jung continues to bring out the paranoid imagination in those who label him simply crazy, or a charlatan. Until his place in history is approached with better scholarship and respect, his actual failings and gifts will simply be missed and replaced by a love of scandal and defamation that even the professionals can't seem to resist.