- Hardcover: 549 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (October 12, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877733694
- ISBN-13: 978-0877733690
- Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jung Hardcover – October 12, 1987
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This laudatory biography creates an interesting counterpoint to Jung's own autobiography ( Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1963) by placing the inner man of the autobiography in social and historical context. Relying on Jung's quotations, letters, and stories, as well as on his friends and other biographers, Wehr gives us a complex portrait of the man who founded analytical psychology. Even those unfamiliar Jung's work will find the book satisfying and will probably want to read more by and about him. The book appears well documented, though footnotes were not seen. Recommended for larger public and most academic libraries. Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English, German (translation)
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He discusses Jung's attitude to his father (who was a Reformed minister): "The son thought his father had never experienced the miracle of grace. He had taken the Commandments of the Bible as his guide and more or less blindly believed in its contents, as the tradition of his fathers demanded... In this crisis Carl sought to help his father---the minister's son helping the minister! Vainly he tried to share something of his own experiences, particularly later when he reached eighteen and had many discussions with his father. Resignedly he had to report: 'Our discussions invariably came to an unsatisfactory end.'" (Pg. 48)
Wehr records Jung's enthusiastic early participation in séances (Pg. 70-74). He also relates Jung's numerous extramarital affairs [including with Sabina Spielrein, a patient of his] (Pg. 141-143). He says about the "three-way relationship" Jung insisted upon between his wife, Jungian analyst Toni Wolff, himself: "It would hardly be possible to achieve a proper evaluation of this fateful constellation from outside. Many people, though, might have found the problems of this three-way relationship unacceptable, making it all the more astonishing that a modus viviendi was in fact found and practiced which lasted for decades... Barbara Hannah... wrote, 'What saved the situation was that there was no "lack of love" in any of the three. Jung was able to give both his wife and Toni a most satisfactory amount, and BOTH women REALLY loved him.'" (Pg. 189)
He says of the final break between Jung and Freud [Freud had called Jung his "crown prince"; pg. 111]: "Jung's criticism that the techniques with which Freud treated patients and students alike constituted an interference... he was begetting 'slavish sons' for himself... Publicly, of course, Jung would continue to support Freud, but with due recognition of his own views. With this Freud felt it impossible to continue their private relationship. Indeed he would lost nothing by it, he said, for... the earlier disappointments he had suffered were always before him... Jung's letter of 6 January 1913... is of a brevity that speaks for itself: '...I shall submit to your wish to discontinue our personal relationship, for I never force my friendship on anyone.'" (Pg. 152-153)
He speaks obliquely about Jung's near-breakdown: "The old admonition 'Physician, heal thyself' is nowhere more warranted than here... Gradually a change began to be apparent. It turned out that the measures Jung had found by instinct and intuition had been the right ones for his spiritual and psychic predicament. They had helped him... to maintain his contact with everyday reality and his obligations to society." (Pg. 191) He wrote of Jung's development of Psychological Types (Pg. 206-210), as well as his fascination with the I Ching (pg. 234-235) and his later preoccupation with Alchemy (pg. 256-258).
Of Jung's controversial relationship with the Nazi Party, Hitler, and anti-Semitism, he admits, "it must be said that Jung did after all allow himself to be carried away into statements which, if taken at face value, could and indeed were bound to be interpreted as serious discrimination... time and circumstance, indeed even his choice of words, were bound to leave open the door to misunderstanding..." (Pg. 317-319) Later, Jung admitted to rabbi Leo Baeck, "'Yes, I slipped up,' when it came to his position on the Nazis and his expectation that perhaps this might have been the start of something great." (Pg. 325)
When Jung was interviewed in 1959 for a television program, he was asked whether he believed in God: "Then he admitted that it was really a quite difficult question. And to the surprise of his listeners he added quite definitely: 'I KNOW. I don't need to believe. I know.'" (Pg. 440)
This book is one of the best biographies of Jung [along with Carl Gustav Jung: A Biography and Jung: A Biography], and will be of great interest to anyone seriously studying the life of this towering and still-influential figure.