chapter  3
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Jung’s divine madness

WithCHRISTOPHER MACKENNA

Belief in divine madness – the idea that we can be out of our rational minds but inspired in life enhancing and creative ways – can be traced back at least to the ancient Greeks (Dodds 1951). Jung’s own account of his crisis and the way he responded to it has recently been published in the Red Book (Jung 2009); making this an opportune moment to reassess our understanding of Jung and to enquire what light his achievement can throw on our understanding of spirituality in relation to psychotic states of mind.