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The Freud/Jung Letters by Sigmund Freud
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Mar 22, 11

bookshelves: psychology
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Recommended for: persons interested in Freud or Jung
Read in August, 1974 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Having read most of Jung and much of Freud, I snapped this up at the time of publication. As a work of editors, it is excellent, being complete at the time of its publication. As representative of the persons of Freud and Jung it was no more disappointing than expected. Even the greatest figures seem small in their personal affairs.

But, of course, it wasn't all personal and petty. After the first polite exploratory epistles were exchanged there was a substantial period of time when Freud and Jung wrote primarily about ideas, a period which moved into crisis when Jung, then working on his Symbols of Transformation, became insistent about some of his reservations concerning psychoanalysis and libido theory. Freud, at first paternal and forebearing, becomes increasingly irritated, Jung increasingly aggressive, and the correspondence degenerates into something akin to a relationship counsellor's casebook.
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Bryce Maxwell the original publication contains all of the letters?

it was a great read, but I was wondering why their were gaps in the correspondence... eg. J344 skips to J346 - missing Freuds reply? this occurs alot, with some of Jungs replies left out, and entire conversations at times...

does the older publication contain every letter?


Erik Graff I believe the original edition contained all extant letters to which the editors were granted access. This is, of course, a major qualification. Jung's heirs and disciples have had a tendency to secretiveness.


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