chapter  Chapter One
Toni Wolff: a struggle for self-definition
WithTessa Adams
Pages 22

In this chapter, the author presents a short profile of her work, since she offers a particular insight into Wolff’s therapeutic process. She focuses on the complexity of the analytical frame in which Champernowne found herself. The author suggests that Toni Wolff failed to interpret this obvious transferential dynamic because she wished to avoid facing the prospect that Champernowne unconsciously situated herself as indivisibly one with Jung’s two “wives”. In a consideration of Wolff’s contribution to the development of Jungian thinking, it is valuable to examine the ways in which the paradox of her position within the profession has been variously evaluated. Jung paid Wolff the privilege of making her his valued assistant, and in so doing awarded her a central responsibility within the early network of analytical psychology. Gerhard Wehr points out that it was Wolff who inspired Jung to form the Zurich Psychological Club, as a professional environment in which the communal aspect of his thinking could be actualized.