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Loewald, H.W. (1977). Transference and Countertransference: The Roots of Psychoanalysis : Book Review Essay on the Freud/jung Letters. Psychoanal Q., 46:514-527.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:514-527

Transference and Countertransference: The Roots of Psychoanalysis : Book Review Essay on the Freud/jung Letters

Hans W. Loewald, M.D.

By necessity, my discussion of the correspondence between Freud and Jung is one-sided: I am incomparably more familiar with Freud's work and personality than with Jung's. In particular, I have not read Jung's later writings, with the exception of Memories, Dreams, Reflections, put off, in part, by what Freud has called Jung's hiding behind a "religious-libidinal cloud" (298F, p. 485).

Toward the end of his life Jung wrote about Freud as follows: "Freud was the first man of real importance I had encountered; in my experience up to that time, no one else could compare with him. There was nothing the least trivial in his attitude. I found him extremely intelligent, shrewd, and altogether remarkable. And yet my first impressions of him remained tangled; I could not make him out" (Memories, p. 149). "He remained the victim of the one aspect he could recognize ["mere sexuality" or "psychosexuality"], and for that reason I see him as a tragic figure; for he was a great man, and what is more, a man in the grip of his daimon" (Memories, p. 153).

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