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Miller, J. (1995). Meier, C. A. Soul and Body: Essays on the Theories of C. G. Jung. San Francisco: Lapis Press, 1986. Pp. 351.. J. Anal. Psychol., 40(3):472-473.

(1995). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 40(3):472-473

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

Review by:
John Miller

… Meier's prime concern is with the archetypal, and he confronts the reader with the opening words:'The patient concerned is a woman of 31, a talented musician, well-educated and very intelligent. No more need be said about her as a person because the specific phenomena to be depicted here are manifestations of the collective unconscious’ (my italics). While this is understandable in view of the florid state of psychosis discussed in the paper, Meier does have a tendency to gloss over personal detail in favour of the archetypal in ways which can be tantalizing.…

He is particularly renowned for his classical scholarship and his discussions of the contribution of language, ancient and modern, to the understanding of the psyche are rivalled only by the work of Onians. ‘Cultural education as symbol’ (chapter 13) exemplifies this with an inspired exegesis of the German word Bildung (education) combining ideas of image, forming and reforming.

Meier is vociferous in his call for a more scientific approach to analytical psychology, which he envisages through the greater application of statistical research and test data. The key issue he believes to be typology ‘with which individuation begins and ends’. The almost mystical way in which he elaborates this in ‘Psychological types and individuation: a plea for a more scientific approach to Jungian psychology’ contains the essence not only of what he holds individuation (and hence analytical psychology) to be, but also of what he believes were Jung's deepest convictions.

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