The Psychotherapy of C.G. Jung [ePub]

by Wolfgang Hochheimer

First published in Bern by Medizinischer Verlag Hans Huber.
This non-partisan approach to Jung's psychology may be one of the first signs that understanding & fruitful interchange among schools is now possible. Hochheimer, an eclectic in his outlook as practising analyst & Director of the Institute for Pedagogical Psychology of the School of Education in Berlin, brings 20 years of experience to his description of Jungian therapy. A uniquely wide view of human psychology is presented here, not mainly in a comparative treatment, but by means of a sympathetic & clarifying framework combined with Jung's own remarks culled from the whole of his great opus of writings. Jung's concern with establishing a psychology of normality is made evident. The prevailing misconception that psychotherapy & analysis are limited to the treatment of pathology has given psychology & particularly depth psychology a bad name among uninformed laymen. Jung's researches began in pathology but one of his primary contributions to the science was his use of therapy as an educational instrument & as a technique for the discovery of the deeper motivations behind rational & irrational activities. As Hochheimer writes, the so-called illness of many people is often only their thirst to understand a meaning in life. As a guide to Jung's empirical research into "experiences hitherto neglected, generally unkown or not ad mitted to scientific psychology," Hochheiiner, as "outsider" rather than disciple, is able to put many misconceptions about this approach into clear perspective. Over the 60 years of exploration covered by Jung's writings, the psychiatric community has largely mistrusted his revolutionary insights or dismissed him as a mystic. As Dr Edward Whitmont comments in his Introduction, "The fear of the 'mystic' may well be the fear of the 'mystery' of the a priori initial layer of the psyche, the fear of losing ground already gained if one admits this mystery on its own terms or admits mystification by what one fails to understand & cannot easily integrate into the familiar frame of reference. Innovators have always met with vehement rejection, perhaps in direct proportion to the magnitude of their discoveries."

07.09.2010

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