By Sonu Shamdasani

After many years of delusion making, C.G. Jung continues to be the most misunderstood figures in Western highbrow historical past. This accomplished examine of the origins of his psychology presents a brand new point of view at the upward thrust of contemporary psychology and psychotherapy. It reconstructs the reception of Jung's paintings within the human sciences, and its influence at the social and highbrow background of the 20th century. The booklet creates a foundation for any destiny dialogue of Jung by means of commencing new vistas in psychology.

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In 1913, in a letter to the editors of the newly founded Psychoanalytic Review, he noted: It is beyond the powers of the individual, more particularly of physicians, to master the manifold domains of the mental sciences which should throw some light upon the comparative anatomy of the mind . . 30 This was psychology on a grand scale. The new psychological encyclopedia was an interdisciplinary enterprise which required complex realignments of existing disciplines and the carving out of a new territory from a terrain which was already occupied.

Lives of Freud and Jung sell far better than the works of Freud and Jung. After a hundred years of psychoanalysis, we have become accustomed to regarding biography as the key to an understanding of an individual’s work. Regrettably, all biographies of Jung to date have left a great deal to be desired. ”45 This forms a fair depiction of the shortcomings of many works that have been written on Jung, and in all likelihood, of many more to come. Writing at the termination of a biographical project by Lucy Heyer, Jung expressed his distaste for biographies, and his personal unsuitability as a subject for one: I’m quite unable to continue this funny kind of playing at a biography.

Jung declined her invitation. 20 Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology publisher of Rhein Verlag had invited him to edit a new journal, to be called Weltanschauung. A few years earlier, Jung had published a paper in which he had explored the relations between analytical psychology and a Weltanschauung [world-view]. 33 He argued that the past 150 years had seen a plethora of world-views, and that the basic notion of a world-view had consequently fallen into discredit. The problem of all prior world-views had been their claim to provide an objectively valid truth.

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