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New developments in the post-Jungian field

Samuels, A (2008) 'New developments in the post-Jungian field.' In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) UNSPECIFIED UNSPECIFIED, 1 - 16. ISBN 9780521865999

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Abstract

© Cambridge University Press 2008. In university settings, it is my habit to begin lectures on analytical psychology, especially to those not taking degrees in Jungian psychology, by asking those present to do a simple association exercise to the word “Jung.” I ask them to record the first three things that come to mind. From the (by now) 900+ responses, I have found that the most frequently cited theme, words, concepts, or images have (in order) to do with (a) Freud, (b) psychoanalysis, and (c) the Freud-Jung split. The next most frequently cited association concerns (d) Jung's anti-Semitism and alleged Nazi sympathies. Other matters raised include (e) archetypes, (f) mysticism/philosophy/religion, and (g) animus and anima. Obviously, this is not properly empirical research. But if we “associate to” the associations, we can see that there is a lingering doubt about the intellectual, scholarly, and ethical viability of taking an interest in Jung. Even so, in these pages, I shall argue that there is more to the question of Jung and Freud's psychoanalysis than the oft-repeated story of two wrestling men. Over the past decade, there has been increasing clinical and academic interest in analytical psychology in non-Jungian circles, in spite of the fact that its core texts are not effectively represented on official reading lists and curriculum descriptions. Outside of this interest, though, Jung is mentioned primarily as an important schismatic in the history of psychoanalysis and not as a contributor worthy of sustained and systematic study in his own right.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2012 22:05
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2057

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