From Library Journal
A revisionist biography by Noll, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From its inception at the turn of the century, psychology has always appeared to its critics as more a religion than a science. In this particularly vitriolic work, Noll, a professor of the history of science at Harvard, seeks to remove any guise of science from Jungian psychology. Noll brands Jung and his followers as little more than pagan spiritualists and polygamists, employing a veneer of science to add respectability to their rituals. He laments the paucity of Jung's papers available to scholars, noting that Jung's estate has virtually sealed all letters, diaries, and other papers belonging to Jung, his wife, his lovers, and his collaborator, J. J. Honegger. Moreover, he attacks Memories, Dreams, Reflections
, widely believed to be autobiographical, as a heavily sanitized fraud composed by Aniela Jaffe, Jung's assistant, and editors at Pantheon Press. Drawing on letters and diaries from Jung's colleagues and patients, Noll recounts in vivid detail numerous episodes of adultery, paganism, and mysticism, including seances and the trances that revealed to Jung his status as a new-age religious prophet, the "Aryan Christ." This serious work of scholarship may cause widespread controversy for it is quite accessible to the lay reader. Ted Leventhal