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Acklin, T. (1998). The Question of Jung and Racism Reconsidered. Laurie M. Johnson Bagby. Pp. 283-298. Psychoanal Q., 67(1):190.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Question of Jung and Racism Reconsidered. Laurie M. Johnson Bagby. Pp. 283-298

(1998). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 67(1):190

The Question of Jung and Racism Reconsidered. Laurie M. Johnson Bagby. Pp. 283-298

Thomas Acklin

Taking into account critics' charges of racism in the writings of Jung, the author feels that Jung's naïveté and unconscious stereotyping of blacks did indeed creep into his scholarly works. Nonetheless, Jung was also able to be critical of European culture and indeed found the European psyche to be rather seriously imbalanced in a way which has made “analytic psychology” necessary. The balance must be restored so that the individual realizes the power of the unconscious and establishes a healthy relationship to it. Jung felt that a dialectic between Western and non-Western cultures was critical for this. The shadow perception which could be connected with all objects of racism and other prejudice is in fact, for Jung, the realm of most intensive exploration and understanding.

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Acklin, T. (1998). The Question of Jung and Racism Reconsidered. Laurie M. Johnson Bagby.. Psychoanal. Q., 67(1):190

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