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Hartogs, R. (1963-64). The Psychology of Jung (a critical interpretation). By Avis M. Dry. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1961, pp. 329.. Psychoanal. Rev., 50D(4):163.

(1963-64). Psychoanalytic Review, 50D(4):163

The Psychology of Jung (a critical interpretation). By Avis M. Dry. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1961, pp. 329.

Review by:
Renatus Hartogs

The insights into the human psyche which Jung provided in his work have been repeatedly the object of scrutiny and critical evaluation by disciples from non-Jungian psychoanalytical schools. In this book however, Dry, who describes himself as an “independent student” and as an “interested, though uncommitted observer,” attempts to explain and reconcile drawbacks, contradictions, discrepancies and incongruities of Jungian theory, in particular its indefiniteness, its mystical, semi-religious characteristics, its emphasis an visual imagery and mythological symbolisms. Although the work succeeds in this intent, it simultaneously conveys the impression that it represents a decent, honest effort on the part of its author to overcome his own intellectual as well as affective reservations concerning the school of analytical thought to which he has “uncommittingly” committed himself. As a result, we fear that orthodox Jungians will not fully appreciate his honest intent nor his frank presentation, while the non-Jungian reader may well remain puzzled, bewildered and even confused at being enlisted as a witness to the author's attempt to resolve his own conceptual ambivalence.

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