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Pye, F. (1973). CULVER M. BARKER. Healing in depth. Ed. H. I. Bach. Hodder and Stoughton, London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, 1972, pp. 178. £2.50 in U.K.. J. Anal. Psychol., 18(1):77-78.
(1973). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 18(1):77-78
CULVER M. BARKER. Healing in depth. Ed. H. I. Bach. Hodder and Stoughton, London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, 1972, pp. 178. £2.50 in U.K.
Review by: Faye Pye
This posthumous book contains collected papers, lectures and recollections of a Jungian analyst who lived from 1891 to 1967. He was a pupil of Jung, and a pioneer analytical psychologist in England. The writings are divided into five sections under the headings
1. C. G. Jung. The man and his work.
2. The psychiatric field.
3. Problems of psychotherapy.
4. Healing in depth.
5. The religious cord.
There are a preface, a foreword and also an introduction, written respectively by Laurens van der Post, Professor Paul Seligman and Dr. H. I. Bach. The introduction sketches the outline of the author's life. In these preliminary writings the book is well supported by deep and sincere appreciation of the author and his work.
However, in the very acclaim with which the book is launched, there is detectable a certain anxiety. It seems to be an anxiety lest its high quality should pass unrecognized. ‘Here,’ they seem to say, ‘is something precious that the world may not realize’.
It is true that it is not an ordinary book either in quality or in kind. Its unusualness consists in the fact that, though not lacking in intellectual integrity and verbal aptness, its main and unique contribution derives from its author's highly differentiated feeling function. Its strength lies in a profound awareness of the individual human object, a subtle perception of his emotional and spiritual situation, and a disciplined compassion towards personal need which has no element of condescension.
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