Streiflichter zu Leben und Denken C.G. Jungs

Between 1956 and 1961 Aniela Jaffé, psychoanalyst and student of Carl Gustav Jung, transcribed the conversations held with the now elderly master during the last years of his life. It is no coincidence that Jung had entrusted her with reflections on his own experience, reflections that partially converged in a famous biographical book published in 1962 and considered by many to be a form of "self-analysis". The original material which, for various reasons, was not included in that publication is now presented, for the first time and after many ordeals, in this precious volume, composed by 2 parts. The first half contains sixty autobiographical portraits, memoirs and anecdotes of Jung, narrated in first person and freely transcribed by Jaffé. The images, evoked through spontaneous associations, range from his formative path to intimate memories, which also concern his marriage and his beloved Toni Wolff, up to travels, such as his stay in Africa full of revelations. Commentaries on clinical approaches and therapeutic methods combine insightful observations on society and major existential questions, such as the image of God, the incarnation and mythical and dream representations. The second part of the essay consists of a historical apparatus by Elena Fischli which illuminates the complex editorial events of Jung's "so-called autobiography", intertwining the lives of the master and his devoted pupil. What emerges is a testimony that not only restores Jung's human dimension in its fullness but also pays tribute to the role played by Aniela Jaffé - a fundamental and hitherto unmentioned role - in popularizing analytical psychology.

Aniela Jaffé
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In dialogo con Carl Gustav Jung
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