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Miller, J. (1988). Meier, C. A. Soul and Body: Essays on the Theories of C. G. Jung.: San Francisco, The Lapis Press, 1986. Pp. 351. $14.95.. J. Anal. Psychol., 33(2):195-196.

(1988). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 33(2):195-196

Meier, C. A. Soul and Body: Essays on the Theories of C. G. Jung.: San Francisco, The Lapis Press, 1986. Pp. 351. $14.95.

Review by:
John Miller

This collection of papers spans a period of over fifty years from the 1930s to the present decade, and is of unusual historical, as well as general, interest. In addition to being one of Jung's closest colleagues—he founded the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich—Dr Meier's life closely paralleled that of Jung's in that he came from the same region of Switzerland, trained and worked as a psychiatrist at the Burghölzli, and is also a classical scholar.

The core of the book is the ninety-two pages of the Cutting Lectures, as clear and readable an outline of Jung's basic concepts as one could hope to find, from the pen of someone with an unique personal knowledge, both of the man and of his work.

The sixteen other papers reflect in various ways the constant dialogue between the psychiatrist and the classicist in Dr Meier. He is as much in his element in Dynamic psychology in the classical world (chapter II) as in A Jungian view of modern dream research (chapter 9) which addresses the much-neglected relevance of laboratory dream research for analysis, in particular the fundamental question of how far the effect of the dream depends on its being made conscious.

The central theme is the self-healing property of the psyche through the archetypal nature of the symbol.

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