Struggling with Jung: the value of uncertainty
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Struggling with Jung: the value of uncertainty book
As I look back over my long relationship with Carl Jung, beginning in 1969 when I read Erich Neumann's The Great Mother as a college senior writing an honors thesis on the image of the Virgin in the Middle Ages, I am struck by one theme: transference. Finding Neumann's ideas both wonderful and confusing, I went to my thesis advisor to ask about Jung. He said ``Stay away from Jung and all that mysticism.'' His response was strong enough to interest me, and so I dove head®rst into Memories, Dreams, Re¯ections on the advice of my roommate who seemed to know a lot about mysticism. Opening that book was the start of an idealizing transference to Jung. He would be my perfect analyst because his life mirrored mine; I would also be his perfect analyst because I understood him from the inside ± how he struggled and why he felt so alienated.