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Carvalho, R. (1989). Dictionary of Analytical Psychology, by C.G. Jung, Ark Paperbacks, 1987, 183 pages, pb £3.95. Free Associations, 1W(18):111-119.

(1989). Free Associations, 1W(18):111-119

Dictionary of Analytical Psychology, by C.G. Jung, Ark Paperbacks, 1987, 183 pages, pb £3.95

Review by:
Richard Carvalho

Ark Paperbacks, an imprint of Routledge & Kegan Paul, have recently produced several small volumes comprising various chapters from Jung's Collected Works, which are published by the parent company. Most of these volumes seem to have titles, like the present one, which might imply that they are new works under offer which are hitherto unpublished. A ‘Dictionary of Analytical Psychology’, by the founder himself, would indeed be important. In fact, the current volume has been ‘abstracted’ from Volume 6 of Jung's Collected Works, Psychological Types.

The original German version appeared in 1921. This book contains the tenth and eleventh chapters of Psychological Types, together with the Epilogue. There is no editorial introduction to give the uninformed browser any orientation to what he is going to read, nor has there been any editing of the various passages which clearly have been lifted. The effect is that of a dismembered chunk of sculpture. The chapters that have been abstracted from Psychological Types are ‘General Description of the Types’ (chapter 10) and ‘Definitions’ (chapter 11). It is important to see how, first of all, the volume under offer neither constitutes a dictionary nor contains material ever intended to do so; how, secondly, the publication of chapter 10 in isolation directly flouts Jung's explicit wishes; and how, finally, the result is damaging in that it amounts to disinformation and a distortion of what Jung was trying to achieve.

The first point is easy to establish: this is not a dictionary.

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