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Jung, C.G. (1907). Letter from C. G. Jung to Sigmund Freud, May 24, 1907. The Freud/Jung Letters: The Correspondence Between Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung, 49-51.
    

Jung, C.G. (1907). Letter from C. G. Jung to Sigmund Freud, May 24, 1907. The Freud/Jung Letters: The Correspondence Between Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung, 49-51

Letter from C. G. Jung to Sigmund Freud, May 24, 1907 Book Information Previous Up Next

C. G. Jung

26 J

Burghölzli-Zürich, 24 May 1907

Dear Professor Freud,

Your Gradiva is magnificent. I gulped it at one go. The clear exposition is beguiling, and I think one would have to be struck by the gods with sevenfold blindness not to see things now as they really are. But the hide-bound psychiatrists and psychologists are capable of anything! I shouldn't wonder if all the idiotic commonplaces that have been levelled at you before are trotted out again from the academic side. Often I have to transport myself back to the time before the reformation of my psychological thinking to re-experience the charges that were laid against you. I simply can't understand them any more. My thinking in those days seems to me not only intellectually wrong and defective but, what is worse, morally inferior, since it now looks like an immense dishonesty towards myself. So you may be absolutely right when you seek the cause of our opponents' resistance in affects, especially sexual affects. I am just dying to know what the sexual complex of the public will have to say about your Gradiva, which in this respect is wholly innocuous. It would irritate me most of all if they treated it with benevolent patronage. What does Jensen1 himself say about it? Please tell me sometime what kind of literary reviews you get. One question which you leave open, and which the critics may pick on, is this: why is the complex in Hanold repressed? Why doesn't he let himself be put on the right track by the song of the canary bird and other perceptions?2

The part played by the bird is equally diverting. Howsoever, for understandable reasons you have not pursued the meaning of this symbol any further. Do you know Steinthal's writings on the mythology of the bird?3

Overwork explains my two lapses into silence these last days. Prof. Bleuler is not well and has gone to a watering-place for 3 weeks.

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