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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books of the decade!, February 3, 2000
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This review is from: The Jung Cult : Origins of a Charismatic Movement (Paperback)
Misunderstanding of everything on a Grand Scale!One of the worst argumentations I have ever read,stretching arguments to the point of misinformation in order to prove a personal point of view.The book is full of distortions on a grand scale,aimed at a general audience who will fall for an attractive...best-selling title.For the serious reader of Jung it only takes reading the first pages of the book to understand that the author has not delved deeply into the actual books and thought of Jung.

But,thank God,from just two "details", to be found in the first pages,one can debunk the whole book immeadiately,without any need to proceed further:The first one appears at the first page of the book!In the 3rd paragraph he writes:"No other book currently exists that can give you an inside look into the historcal reality of Jung's world during the most creative years of his life(1913-25)".One glance at the Collected Works of Jung is enough for EVERYBODY to see that from the 18 volumes of the Collected works only 1-7 are written in the period prior to 1925 -- all the rest,that constitutes 75% of Jung's work,were written after 1925!By far the most creative years of his life were the last 20, during which he wrote Aion,Psychology and Religion,Answer to Job, etc -- to mention only a few.It seems that Noll either doesn't know what Jung wrote or he doesn't know what from what he did write is REALLY important!The comment that no other book exists that covers this period is simply false.There are many books (e.g Anthony Steven's excellent book "On Jung"--probably the best introduction on Jung).

The second "detail" shows either Noll's ignorance,or worse,his conscious attempt to distort the plain facts to prove his point.In p.6 he writes that Jung's Works today are more widely read than Freud's.If Noll can point to ONE book of Jung that today sells more than the 5 best-selling books of Freud, then I withdraw all my accusations.He simply cannot!Actually Jung's original works are so little-read today that if you now try to order from Amazon.com many of the books of his Collected Works you will not manage it.Most people learn Jung's ideas by reading books of others and not Jung's books,because they are considered either difficult or dull,or both.Actually,this is one of the reasons that Noll can find readers--because so few have read Jung's books and most rely on others...to make his ideas digestible!

From just these two "details",appearing so early in the book,that present as facts the exact opposite of reality(and anybody writing about Jung should know better!)ANYONE can see that Noll's only achievement amounts to have found an attractive title to sell an empty case.Don't fall in the trap I have fallen into.It's not worth a penny,although an attractive title it really is!
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