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Newman, A. (1990). Jung, C. G. Essays on Contemporary Events: Reflections on Nazi Germany. (Foreword by Andrew Samuels). London, Ark Paperbacks, Routledge, 1988. £4.50.. J. Anal. Psychol., 35(4):483-485.

(1990). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 35(4):483-485

Jung, C. G. Essays on Contemporary Events: Reflections on Nazi Germany. (Foreword by Andrew Samuels). London, Ark Paperbacks, Routledge, 1988. £4.50.

Review by:
Alexander Newman

It would be a rewarding task to examine in some detail the relationship between psychotherapy and the state of mind in Europe today. Yet probably no one would be blamed for shrinking from so bold a venture, for who could guarantee that the picture he has formed of the present psychological and spiritual plight of Europe is true to reality? Are we, as contemporaries of, and participants in, these cataclysmic events, at all capable of cool judgment and of seeing clearly amid the indescribable political and ideological chaos of present day Europe? (p. 25).

This was said to the Swiss Society for Psychotherapy at its fourth annual meeting in 1941 and, like so much in this collection of six papers, feels so alive at this time when the smashing of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany stir deep feelings in all of us. I found, in two bookshops in central London and perhaps the best bookshop in the West Country, students buying this and other volumes in this series, and saying what good value they are and how important Jung is for them; and none was a psychology student. The owner in Bristol said: Everybody's buying Jung and this series is good because few can afford the big volumes. Everyone wants Jung hereabouts and there's hardly a Jungian in the area.

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