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Fishman, G.G. (1985). American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981: Freud as Yahweh in Jung's Answer to Job. Harry Slochower. Pp. 3-39.. Psychoanal Q., 54:511-512.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981: Freud as Yahweh in Jung's Answer to Job. Harry Slochower. Pp. 3-39.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54:511-512

American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981: Freud as Yahweh in Jung's Answer to Job. Harry Slochower. Pp. 3-39.

George G. Fishman

The author accidentally discovered in his files a letter written by Jung to Hans Illing in 1955. In it, Jung claimed that the Jews have a "characteristic psychology" and suffer from a "chosen people complex"; that Freud was above the law he prescribed for everyone else (e.g., personal analysis) and so was Yahweh the Jewish God. Lastly, Jung once again cleared the record on his former minor entanglements with Nazism by calling it a case of "a man who does his best, falls into his worst." He referred Illing to his book,Answer to Job. Slochower turns to the Answer to find one for himself about Jung. His major argument is that Jung dealt with his pained relation to Freud by mapping it onto Job's dealing with Yahweh. What follows is a scholarly mastering of the evidence from numerous sources. Much hinges on the October 28, 1907, entry from the Freud/Jung letters, in which Jung confessed to a "religious crush" on Freud and disclosed for the first time that he had been

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sexually attacked as a boy by a man he worshipped. The article attempts to reconstruct the homoerotic strain between Freud and Jung primarily from Jung's point of view. The younger analyst clearly struggled with a compelling conflict between being taken over by his love and by Freud (as man and authority), and his need to forge an identity at the cost of both the friendship and (almost) his own sanity. The problem, of course, is that this relationship, so prominent in psychoanalytic history, is being revisited by Freud's and Jung's "ideological grandchildren." The potential for factional bias, even when most guarded against, is inherently there.

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Article Citation

Fishman, G.G. (1985). American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 54:511-512

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