chapter  5
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Siegfried to Salome: Jung’s heroic journey

Leading up to and in the aftermath of his split with Freud, Jung nearly went mad. He lost a mentor and a reliable father fi gure – confi rmation of his phallic being. A man who strove for a life of individuation and wholeness realized that he did not have a myth of his own. He lost one of his closest friendships. He rejected and was rejected by what he knew to be the foundation of his professional life. His whole being had become fragile, he lost his footings, and was dropping into an experience of non-being that verged upon annihilation. Cut off from all the activity that the outside world brought, he was driven to investigate the things within himself. He plunged into the depths of his soul in search of the ancient roots of man’s being in the Incest Phantasy, the symbols of libido at the core of the Oedipus Complex. For a long time nothing helped him, but in the end, Jung says, “all my work, all my creative activity, has come from those initial fantasies and dreams.”