Forster-Nietzsche, E. – “one of the abusive relatives that figure in the procession of cursed thinkers” – had one overriding concern: “to make of Friedrich Nietzsche a true philosopher, in the common sense of the word”. Psychotherapy carries on its frail shoulders an unnecessary load of metaphysical ballast, and one of the reasons why Nietzsche’s thought is invaluable to our practice is for how light-heartedly it does away with spiritual and pseudo-scientific encumbrances. Nietzsche is, conversely, the thinker of difference and multiplicity. He leaves the house of being altogether. Nietzsche’s contribution in the regard is profoundly counter-traditional; he refuses to provide a new cultural model that will supplant the old one. C. G. Jung believed that by daring to choose a different trajectory, Nietzsche laid himself open to ‘pathological’ ego-inflation that resulted in a psychic split and, allegedly, in his collapse.